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Birthing, corporality and care among the Guarani-Mbyá of southern Brazil

Prates, Maria Paula; (2021) Birthing, corporality and care among the Guarani-Mbyá of southern Brazil. Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology , 18 , Article e18501. 10.1590/1809-43412021v18a501. Green open access

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Abstract

Abstract In this paper I draw attention to the happening of childbirth among the Guarani-Mbyá women. I highlight the centrality of a care language in the act of birth and of being born supported by the production of human bodies and kin. From Yva deliveries’ stories I explore the connection between silences, bodies and human and non-human socialities by interweaving it with native modes of care and a critical analysis of the medicalization of birth derived from the relationship with the “Juruá (“white”) system”. I emphasize a non-reductive understanding of life and health in the translation of epistelomogies of care between indigenous and biomedical sociocosmologies. The data presented are results from a long-term ethnographic research carried out among guarani-mbyá collectives of the southern Brazil.

Type: Article
Title: Birthing, corporality and care among the Guarani-Mbyá of southern Brazil
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1590/1809-43412021v18a501
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1590/1809-43412021v18a501
Language: English
Additional information: © SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online 2022. Original content in this article is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Delivery and Birth; Guarani-Mbyá; Epistemologies of care; Medicalisation of Birth; Corporeality
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10149416
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