Social bundles: Thinking through the infant body

J. Brownlie, V. M. Sheach Leith

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Abstract

Drawing on a UK research study on immunization, this article investigates parents’ understandings of the relationship between themselves, their infants, other bodies, the state, and cultural practices — material and symbolic. The article argues that infant bodies are best thought of as always social bundles, rather than as biobundles made social through state intervention; and concludes that, while the natural/cultural divide may now be widely accepted as artificial within the social sciences, we need to scrutinize how people in their everyday lives work out, and invest in, the distinction between the two.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-210
JournalChildhood
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011

Keywords

  • body
  • boundaries
  • IMMUNIZATION
  • Infant
  • nature/culture
  • personhood

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