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Title: Childbearing in Japanese society : traditional beliefs and contemporary practices
Author: Thorgeirsdottir, Gunnella
ISNI:       0000 0004 5363 4103
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2014
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In recent years there has been an oft-held assumption as to the decline of traditions as well as folk belief amidst the technological modern age. The current thesis seeks to bring to light the various rituals, traditions and beliefs surrounding pregnancy in Japanese society, arguing that, although changed, they are still very much alive and a large part of the pregnancy experience. Current perception and ideas were gathered through a series of in depth interviews with 31 Japanese females of varying ages and socio-cultural backgrounds. These current perceptions were then compared to and contrasted with historical data of a folkloristic nature, seeking to highlight developments and seek out continuities. This was done within the theoretical framework of the liminal nature of that which is betwixt and between as set forth by Victor Turner, as well as theories set forth by Mary Douglas and her ideas of the polluting element of the liminal. It quickly became obvious that the beliefs were still strong having though developed from a person-to-person communication and into a set of knowledge acquired by the mother largely from books, magazines and or offline.
Supervisor: Grayson, James ; Harald, Conrad ; Beal, Joan Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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