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Bioarchaeology and Social Theory

The Mother-Infant Nexus in Anthropology

Small Beginnings, Significant Outcomes

Editors: Gowland, Rebecca, Halcrow, Siân (Eds.)

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  • assess a series of inter-related research topics/themes, including early life stress, infant feeding practices, social and cognitive interactions and development and responses to infant death
  • uses multiple anthropological approaches in order to develop a holistic biocultural understanding of the mother-infant relationship and broader repercussions for population well-being
  • contributors are world-leading scholars as well as emerging leaders in different sub-disciplines of anthropology and whose research is breaking new methodological and theoretical ground in investigating mother-infant relationships
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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.

About the authors

Rebecca Gowland is an Associate Professor in Human Bioarchaeology at the Department of Archaeology, Durham University. Her research focuses on the inter-relationship between the body and society in the past and she is particularly interested in the life course and age as an aspect of social identity. She has co-edited the Social Archaeology of Funerary Remains (2006, Oxbow) and Care in the Past: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (in press, Oxbow), and has co-authored Human Identity and Identification (2013, CUP). In addition, she has published widely in peer-reviewed journals on methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of skeletal remains. Rebecca teaches bioarchaeology, with a particular emphasis on palaeopathology, to undergraduate and postgraduate students

Siân Halcrow is an Associate Professor in Bioarchaeology at the University of Otago, with a research focus on infant and child stress and disease in the past and social aspects of childhood. She manages the skeletal analyses on several international archaeological projects in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China and Chile. Dr Halcrow's research is funded through sources including the NZ Royal Society Marsden fund, University of Otago Research Grants, and Fulbright NZ. She is also a Partner Investigator on Australian Council Research Grants. She has published widely on infant and child bioarchaeology, and teaches undergraduate health science and biological anthropology courses, and a postgraduate bioarchaeological course.​

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Mother-Infant Nexus in Archaeology and Anthropology

    Pages 1-15

    Gowland, Rebecca (et al.)

  • Infants in the Bioarchaeological Past: Who Cares?

    Pages 19-38

    Halcrow, Siân

  • Like Mother, Like Child: Investigating Perinatal and Maternal Health Stress in Post-medieval London

    Pages 39-64

    Hodson, Claire M. (et al.)

  • The Mother-Infant Nexus Revealed by Linear Enamel Hypoplasia: Chronological and Contextual Evaluation of Developmental Stress Using Incremental Microstructures of Enamel in Late/Final Jomon Period Hunter-Gatherers

    Pages 65-82

    Temple, Daniel H.

  • The Ecology of Breastfeeding and Mother-Infant Immune Functions

    Pages 85-101

    Miller, Elizabeth M.

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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Mother-Infant Nexus in Anthropology
Book Subtitle
Small Beginnings, Significant Outcomes
Editors
  • Rebecca Gowland
  • Siân Halcrow
Series Title
Bioarchaeology and Social Theory
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27393-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27393-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27392-7
Series ISSN
2567-6776
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 284
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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