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Consuming Grief

Sarah Pinto

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252233.003.0014
Consuming Grief

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This chapter examines ways of addressing and coping with infant death in the context of rural poverty and transnational intervention in postcolonial India, discussing the stories told repeatedly by grieving mothers and relating these to the universalized phrases associated with the pedagogies of health intervention. It shows the ways postcolonial structures and meanings articulate with and are refused by domestic and neighborly relations, in which intimate intersubjectivities are formed between women through talk about death.

Keywords: infant death; rural poverty; transnational intervention; India; grieving mothers; health intervention; neighborly relations; intersubjectivities

Chapter.  8141 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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