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Birds, meat, and babies: the multiple realities of fetuses in Qatar

Kilshaw, S; (2017) Birds, meat, and babies: the multiple realities of fetuses in Qatar. Anthropology and Medicine , 24 (2) pp. 189-204. 10.1080/13648470.2017.1324617. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores miscarriage in a variety of Qatari contexts to reveal the multiple realities of the unborn. During 18 months of ethnographic research, a range of settings in which fetuses emerged were explored. The unborn are represented and imagined differently, particularly in relation to the ways they are located, with multiple beings emerging according to the context and position of the stakeholder. This paper considers fetuses produced within these contexts and considers how they can be different beings simultaneously. The paper reveals how categories meant to define these beings are in flux and are constantly negotiated; it reflects moments of ambiguity. The paper serves as an illustration of the way in which value-afforded pregnancy materials affects the contexts in which they emerge; this then loops back as context dictates the significance of the material, hence multiple realities of these beings.

Type: Article
Title: Birds, meat, and babies: the multiple realities of fetuses in Qatar
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2017.1324617
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13648470.2017.1324617
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Qatar, miscarriage, reproduction, multiple, medical anthropology
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566372
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