Intimate Knowledge: Women and Their Health in North-east Thailand

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Allen & Unwin, 2000 - Health & Fitness - 213 pages
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An original, compassionate and scholarly study of women in modern Thailand.

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Women of Isan
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Intimate Knowledge Wombs and Flow
Many Children Little Land
Bearing Tradition and Modernity
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Page 9 - We must make allowance for the complex and unstable process whereby discourse can be both an instrument and an effect of power, but also a hindrance, a stumbling-block, a point of resistance and a starting point for an opposing strategy. Discourse transmits and produces power; it reinforces it, but also undermines and exposes it, renders it fragile and makes it possible to thwart it.
Page 23 - The modes of life brought into being by modernity have swept us away from all traditional types of social order, in quite unprecedented fashion.
Page 37 - They tend to involve low wages, poor working conditions, considerable variability in employment, harsh and often arbitrary discipline, and little opportunity to advance.
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Page 182 - We cannot understand the meaning and form of objects without reference to bodily powers through which we engage them - our senses, motility, language, desires. The lived body is not just one thing in the world but a way in which the world comes to be.
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Page 11 - ... relatively small literature relating to reproductive tract infections in men and women. In part this is because these topics are extremely sensitive and in many cultures associated with shame and social stigma. While the incidence of reproductive tract infections and other conditions in developing countries is substantial, many women do not seek treatment from the formal health sector for these problems, or else postpone treatment until the condition is acute. Work conducted in Vietnam (Gammeltoft,...
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Andrea Whittaker is a medical anthropologist who has conducted extensive research on health and illness both in Thailand and Australia. In Thailand she conducted eighteen months ethnography in a remote rural village studying community understandings of health and illness. Her current position is as Australian Research Council Fellow in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU. She is soon to commence a position as Research Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU.

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