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The archaeology of mothering : an African-American midwife's tale

"Using archaeological materials recovered from a housesite in Mobile, Alabama, Laurie Wilkie explores how one extended African-American family engaged with competing and conflicting mothering ideologies in the post-Emancipation South. The female head of this household, Lucrecia Perryman, turned to midwifery to support her family and as a midwife, became a vehicle for transmitting cultural, social, and political knowledge to the broader African-American community. As this compelling work moves outward, beginning with the site and its one-time occupants, the story continues to widen, broadening to midwifery in general, and finally mediating on the ideology of mothering."--Publisher
Print Book, English, 2003
Routledge, New York, 2003
xxix, 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
9780415945691, 9780415945707, 0415945690, 0415945704
Why an archaeology of mothering?
The Perryman family of Mobile
Narrative interlude I
African-American mothering and enslavement
Narrative interlude II
Mothering and domesticity in freedom: ideology and practice
Narrative interlude III
Midwifery as mother's work
Narrative interlude IV
To mother or not to mother
Narrative interlude V
Midwifery and scientific mothering
Narrative interlude VI
Conclusions: the many ideologies of African-American motherhood