By Caroline H. Bledsoe
Using ethnographic and demographic facts from a three-year research in rural Gambia, Contingent Lives explains this likely counterintuitive truth through juxtaposing very varied understandings of the lifestyles path: one is a linear, Western version that equates getting older and the facility to breed with the passage of time, the opposite a Gambian version that perspectives getting older as contingent at the cumulative actual, social, and religious hardships of non-public heritage, specifically obstetric trauma. Viewing every one of those versions from the point of view of the opposite, Caroline Bledsoe produces clean understandings of the classical anthropological matters of copy, time, and getting older as culturally formed inside of women's conjugal lives. Her insights may be welcomed by way of students of anthropology and demography in addition to through these operating in public healthiness, improvement reviews, gerontology, and the historical past of medicine.
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