By Caroline H. Bledsoe
Using ethnographic and demographic facts from a three-year learn in rural Gambia, Contingent Lives explains this possible counterintuitive truth via juxtaposing very assorted understandings of the lifestyles direction: 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 non secular hardships of non-public heritage, specifically obstetric trauma. Viewing each 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 women's conjugal lives. Her insights may be welcomed via students of anthropology and demography in addition to by way of these operating in public healthiness, improvement experiences, gerontology, and the heritage of medicine.
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