Skip navigation
Skip navigation

Birth and the postpartum in Northeast Thailand: contesting modernity and tradition

Whittaker, Andrea


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]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Medical Anthropology: Cross-cultural Studies in Health and Illness
DOI: 10.1080/01459740.1999.9966156


File Description SizeFormat Image
01_Whittaker_Birth_and_the_postpartum_in_1999.pdf1.66 MBAdobe PDF    Request a copy

Items in Open Research are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Updated:  17 November 2022/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator