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Reinscribing the Birthing Body: Homebirth as Ritual Performance

In the  Medical Anthropology Quarterly, released this month, Melissa Cheyney examines the clinical practices engaged in by U.S. homebirth midwives and their clients from the beginning of pregnancy through to the immediate postpartum period, deconstructing them for their symbolic and ritual content. Read this quarter’s issue by logging in to AnthroSource.

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Vote in the AAA Elections Today – Deadline Approaching

Just a friendly reminder and re-post for readers to place their AAA election votes before the May 31st deadline.

Hello AAA  Members,

It is time to vote and I think you are going to like the new, improved, streamlined on-line voting system.  The candidates and their engaging/quixotic photos and their erudite/informative platform statements, and in some cases changes to bylaws will be available to you, in a direct link from the AAA website.  Everything you need will open from the main page, or you can login directly through AnthroGateway and once you have selected AAA candidates through that ballot, you will go on to the section candidates on those ballots (for those you belong to) where you will be asked to vote also for bylaw changes and in one case a resolution.

As you know, because we have told you every year, it is perplexing that so few members vote (about 17% over the years).  Even if you don’t know any of the candidates (why should you? We are 11,000-plus members), you can read their statements and make a judgment about the commitment and talent that they will bring to AAA leadership.

Please cast your votes if only so that you can marvel at the new system in all its ease and esthetic qualities.  We have Kim Baker, Lisa Myers to thank for these modernizations and as always, if you have any questions or issues with voting, please contact Kim.  Any fresh ideas or feedback about the nominations process can be directed to me.

So get started by clicking here.

Best,
Debra Martin
AAA Secretary

Count AAA in for World Malaria Day

AAA is recognizing World Malaria Day with a special virtual issue of Medical Anthropology Quarterly. This virtual issue will be available to the public via Wiley Online Library from April 25 to July 15, 2011. Wiley-Blackwell is AAA’s publishing partner and host of AnthroSource.

Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, particularly those living in lower-income countries, according to the World Health Organization. The selected articles of the virtual issue demonstrate ways that ethnography and human behavior studies help to change care management and public health policy of malaria and other infectious diseases. By joining the global movement to roll back the staggering statistics on malaria, anthropologists serve as catalyst around the world to research the medical and cultural impacts of this disease; help understand how public health practice can be best understood and used by diverse groups; and share their findings to help count malaria out.

March AN Features Place

The March Anthropology News In Focus series on the place is now posted on our Current Featured News page, free to the public throughout the month, then available (along with the rest of March AN) via AnthroSource. This month’s In Focus essays are by Jenna Andrews-Swann, Adam Fish, Cynthia Fowler, Fethi Keles, Peter C Little, Alex Nading, Martha Radice, Robert R Sauders, Edward Snajdr and Shonna Trinch, James E Snead and Jay Sokolovsky. Also featured is an In Focus photo essay by Öykü Potuoğlu-Cook. The contributors explore the impact place has on people and communities, and the impact—literal and figurative—people have on place. Several contributors also examine what happens when people are faced with a lack of place, a place of conflict and the need to create a new place.

For those of you interested in the place of the internet, check out the 2010 Social Networking Map. Many thanks to Adam Fish for sharing this link.

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