Sensory Symbolism in Birth and Infant Care Practices

Kathryn Linn Geurts

in Culture and the Senses

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234550
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936546 | DOI:
Sensory Symbolism in Birth and Infant Care Practices

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This chapter studies a sampling of the elements that are considered to be relevant dimensions of the mƆfialawo culture, and takes a look at the elements which show the links between sensory socialization and embodiment. It also explains how sensory valuation is reflected in pregnancy and birth rituals and is carried out in child-socialization routines.

Keywords: mƆfialawo culture; sensory socialization; sensory embodiment; sensory valuation; pregnancy; birth rituals; child socialization

Chapter.  10219 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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