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The Woman Who Helps

Attlee, Edwina; (2019) The Woman Who Helps. Studies in the Maternal , 11 (1) , Article 2. 10.16995/sim.268. Green open access

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This paper follows the work of the woman-who-helps, a figure who must be part of many French rural histories, but who I will talk about in the context of Yvonne Verdier’s 1970 anthropological study of the town of Minot, in Burgundy. The woman-who-helps is talked about as being the person who ‘does the births’. Her work is an expression of bodily tending to bodily needs, and her place, if it can be called that, is all over town. Her history, told to Verdier and her co-researchers, is an oral history, it is made of memories of memories, passed along stories and anecdote. In the context of Silvia Federici’s ‘house of the future’, a house at the centre of collective life, the woman who helps is a radical and exemplary figure.

Type: Article
Title: The Woman Who Helps
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.16995/sim.268
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.16995/sim.268
Language: English
Additional information: © 2019 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10165630
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