Introduction The Classics

Two works have shaped the anthropological study of life-course transitions: Les Rites de Passage (van Gennep, 1909), which analyzed the initiation into a new status as a three-stage process and, "Continuities and discontinuities in cultural conditioning" (Benedict, 1938/1953), which focused on the transition from childhood to adulthood. Breaking with tradition, the present essay will assume a broader perspective and will include the entire female life-course, and will focus less on analysis and more on description. Ethnographic examples will be drawn from all over the nonindustrialized world, and the "ethnographic present" will represent a variety of time periods.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

If Pregnancy Is Something That Frightens You, It's Time To Convert Your Fear Into Joy. Ready To Give Birth To A Child? Is The New Status Hitting Your State Of Mind? Are You Still Scared To Undergo All The Pain That Your Best Friend Underwent Just A Few Days Back? Not Convinced With The Answers Given By The Experts?

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