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Small Wars: The Cultural Politics of Childhood

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7202.130 (Published 10 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:130
  1. Mary E Black, professor of public health
  1. University of Queensland, Australia

    Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Carolyn Sargent

    University of California Press, £13.95, pp 429


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    The words blister off the pages, and I have been unable to put this book down. At once compelling and uneven, these 18 pieces cross the world. Spirits of aborted fetuses in Japan, the cultural history of neonatal jaundice, mothers who kill their children, the Catholic church and sex abuse … the tiny details of each are teased out and explained. Almost all written by anthropologists, with …

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