Based upon ethnographic research in Northeast Thailand, this paper explores birthing and postpartum practice and discourses of modernity and tradition in a rural village. Although the majority of village women give birth in a hospital, they follow traditional postpartum practice within the village. Postpartum practice is both a health practice understood to ensure their strength and well-being, and a rite of passage that asserts their ethnic and female identity. The village is a social space in...[Show more]
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