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Exploring the dirty side of women's health / edited by Mavis Kirkham.

  • Kirkham, Mavis
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"Women leak, inevitably and often bountifully. In this book, a selection of international contributors examine bodies, leakage and boundaries, illuminating the contradictions and dilemmas in women's healthcare."--Back cover.


London : Routledge, 2007.

Physical description

ix, 308 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Section 1: Mothers, midwives and dirt-past and present -- Birth dirt/ Helen Callaghan -- A clean front passage: dirt, douches and disinfectants at St Helens hospital, Wellington, New Zealand, 1907-1922/ Pamela J. Wood and Maralyn Foureur -- The thanksgiving of women after childbirth: a blessing in disguise?/ Rachel C. Newell -- Pollution: midwives defiling South Asian women/ Kuldip Bharj -- Drained and dumped on: the generation and accumulation of emotional toxic waste in community midwifery/ Ruth Deery and Mavis Kirkham -- Section 2: Breastfeeding as pollution -- Resisting the gaze: the subversive nature of breastfeeding/ Fiona Dykes -- Not in public please: breastfeeding as dirty work in the UK/ Susan Battersby -- 'Milk for Africa' and 'the neighbourhood' but socially isolated/ Cheryl Benn and Suzanne Phibbs -- Breastfeeding- a fime for caution for Gujarati families/ Alison Spiro -- The pollution of practice by tales from outside: evidence for the denial of embodied understandings of feeding babies in the initial and ongoing learning of health professionals/ Mary Smale -- Section 3: The dais -- Understanding 'narak': rethinking pollution: and interpretation of data from dais in north India/ Janet Chawla -- Listening to dais speak about their work in Gujarat, India/ Subadhra Rai -- Shame, honour and pollution for Pakistani women/ Margaret Chesney -- Section 4: Leakage ang labelling -- Gynaecology nursing: dirty work, women's work/ Sharon C. Bolton -- Containing the 'leaky' body: female urinary incontinence and formal health care/ Joanne Jordan -- Older women and early miscarriage: leaky bodies and boundaries/ Julia Frost -- Sexually transmitted infections and dirt/ Hilary Piercy -- Genetic traits as pollution: 'White English' carriers of sickle cell or thalassaemia/ Simon Dyson -- Women out of place/ Mavis Kirkham.


Copy 1. Donor: Family of Sheila Kitzinger.


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