Lauren Fordyce: “Accounting for Responsibility: Vital Statistics and Prenatal Care among Hatians in South Florida” – January 31, 2013

Vital statistics have become intimately tied to constructions of “risk” in maternal and child health. In this talk, Fordyce will examine how narratives of epidemiological risk, evaluated through vital statistics, contribute to particular assumptions about maternal subjects.  Drawing on ethnographic research with Haitian women in south Florida, she explores how these narratives illustrate ways in which Haitian women’s local moral worlds intersect with decisions about accessing bio-medical prenatal care.



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