Maternities and Modernities

Colonial and Postcolonial Experiences in Asia and the Pacific

Maternities and Modernities

Feminist theories have focused on contemporary, Western, experiences of maternity. This volume shows that birthing and mothering can be a very different experience for women in other parts of the world. The contributors document a wide variety of conceptions of motherhood in Asia and the Pacific, revealing how the experience of motherhood has been influenced by missionaries, colonial policies, and the introduction of Western medicine and biomedical birthing methods. They raise important questions about the costs and benefits of becoming a modern mother in these societies.


"The articles in this impressive volume contribute substantially to illuminating understanding of women's experiences of maternity and the effects of modernity on them in other parts of the world." The Contemporary Pacific

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