ISBN13:978-0812215281 ISBN10: 0812215281 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0812232219 ISBN10: 0812232216
Summary: In Quest for Conception, Marcia C. Inhorn portrays the poignant struggles of poor, urban Egyptian women and their attempts to overcome infertility. The author draws upon fifteen months of fieldwork in urban Egypt to present moving stories of infertile Muslim women whose tumultuous medical pilgrimages have yet to produce the desired pregnancies. Inhorn examines the devastating impact of infertility on the lives of these women, who are threatened with divorce by
their husbands, harassed by their husbands' families, and ostracized by neighbors.
Winner of the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize of the Society for Medical Anthropology
Summary: In Quest for Conception, Marcia C. Inhorn portrays the poignant struggles of poor, urban Egyptian women and their attempts to overcome infertility. The author draws upon fifteen months of fieldwork in urban Egypt to present moving stories of infertile Muslim women whose tumultuous medical pilgrimages have yet to produce the desired pregnancies. Inhorn examines the devastating impact of infertility on the lives of these women, who are threatened with divorce by their husbands, harassed by their husbands' families, and ostracized by neighbors.
Winner of the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize of the Society for Medical Anthropology ...show less
Edition/Copyright:94 Cover: Paperback Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press Published: 08/28/1994 International: No
''A remarkable synthesis of ethnography about infertile Egyptian women's attempts to have children, history of the development of Egyptian medical ideas and practices from ancient times, and contemporary political and economic analysis.''
--The Lingua Franca Book Review
''Inhorn invokes in her vivid description of her informants' dilemmas and convincing analysis of their explanations of their infertility a combination of variables; gender issues are interwoven with political domination, colonial history, indigenous religious beliefs, economic problems such as poverty and deprivation, state policies regarding family planning and a whole series of interrelated areas.''
--Middle Eastern Studies
University of Pennsylvania Press Web Site, August, 2000
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