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About this book
Over the past 20 years there has been increased research traction in the anthropology of childhood. However, infancy, the pregnant body and motherhood continue to be marginalised. This book will focus on the mother-infant relationship and the variable constructions of this dyad across cultures, including conceptualisations of the pregnant body, the beginnings of life, and implications for health.
This is particularly topical because there is a burgeoning awareness within anthropology regarding the centrality of mother-infant interactions for understanding the evolution of our species, infant and maternal health and care strategies, epigenetic change, and biological and social development.
This book will bring together cultural and biological anthropologists and archaeologists to examine the infant-maternal interface in past societies. It will showcase innovative theoretical and methodological approaches towards understanding societal constructions of foetal, infant and maternal bodies. It will emphasise their interconnectivity and will explore the broader significance of the mother/infant nexus for overall population well-being.
developmental origins of health and disease origins of early life adversity maternal-infant health relationships in archaeological contexts immunological & social approaches to infant feeding stress responses in infants
Editors and affiliations
- Book Title The Mother-Infant Nexus in Anthropology
- Book Subtitle Small Beginnings, Significant Outcomes
- Series Title Bioarchaeology and Social Theory
- Series Abbreviated Title Bioarch. Soc. Theo.
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27393-4
- Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
- Publisher Name Springer, Cham
- eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-27392-7
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-27395-8
- eBook ISBN 978-3-030-27393-4
- Series ISSN 2567-6776
- Series E-ISSN 2567-6814
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XV, 284
- Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
Biological and Physical Anthropology
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