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Marlboro College

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Fall 2011

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Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples


In attempts to gain a level of understanding of a community’s localized experiences, beliefs, practices, and roles around pregnancy and childbirth, ethnographic fieldwork was conducted with the mothers and fathers of Phaphlu in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. Aimed at the validation of diverse and localized ways of knowing revealed during the fieldwork period, this paper applies anthropologist Bridgette Jordan’s theoretical framework of authoritative knowledge to the emergent themes of subjectively understood childbirth (knowledge acquisition and flow, role of the husband, and protective behavior.)


Civic and Community Engagement | Family, Life Course, and Society | Maternal and Child Health | Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing | Women's Studies


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