By Tsipy Ivry

ISBN-10: 0813546354

ISBN-13: 9780813546353

ISBN-10: 0813546362

ISBN-13: 9780813546360

Embodying tradition is an ethnographically grounded exploration of being pregnant in diversified cultures--Japan and Israel--both of which medicalize being pregnant. Tsipy Ivry specializes in "low-risk" or "normal" pregnancies, utilizing cultural comparability to discover the advanced kin between ethnic principles approximately procreation, neighborhood reproductive politics, clinical types of being pregnant care, and native modes of maternal agency.The ethnography items jointly the voices of pregnant eastern and Israeli ladies, their medical professionals, their companions, the literature they learn, and depicts a variety of scientific encounters comparable to ultrasound scans, explanatory sessions for amniocentesis, birthing periods, and specific being pregnant events.The emergent images recommend that athough reports of being pregnant in Japan and Israel vary, being pregnant in either cultures is an energy-consuming venture of meaning-making-- suggesting that the experience of biomedical applied sciences aren't in basic terms within the applied sciences themselves yet are assigned through those that perform and adventure them.

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THE DOCTORING OF PREGNANCY 42 Various scholars who have written about genetic conditions that are common among Jews insist that “There are no ‘Jewish’ or ‘Mediterranean’ or ‘Black’ or ‘Chinese’ diseases, in a strict definitional sense.

Thirdly, comparison here is used as an inspiring analytic resource that sharpens distinctions, broadens the scope of ethnographies and generates conceptual questions, not as a means to “prove” grand universalist theories. In sum, the methodology used here is a reflexive, qualitative, contrast-oriented cultural comparison that uses systems of “differences” and “similarities” first and foremost as tools to think with in relation to two distinct social settings for pregnancy. Multisited Ethnographies As I discuss below, fieldwork in Japan and Israel bears a different character.

The high percentage of births among Israeli-Jewish women aged thirty-five and over, accounting for – percent of births (Shohat et al. , ), and their high acceptance rate ( percent) of prenatal testing (Davidov et al. ), is also a notable pattern. Sher et al.  percent of traditional women aged over thirty-five undergo amniocentesis. Many Israeli women under age thirty-five also have an amniocentesis, with or without indication of abnormality (Shohat et al. ) and often at their own expense, after they are made aware that amniocentesis is the only test, other than the less available CVS, that can give a diagnostic result of  percent accuracy.

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