the pregnancy project

Information about an anthropological study on the beliefs, expectations, and experiences of first-time mothers in the contemporary United States

Update for June 2006

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On this site, you will find information about the project, which was undertaken as dissertation research in Fall 2002, and about the researcher, who recently defended her doctoral dissertation in anthropology at the University of Michigan.

Titled, "The Baby in the Belly: Pregnancy Practices as Kin and Person Making  in the Contemporary United States," the dissertation examines how pregnant women, through their everyday activities such as eating, exercise, prenatal care, shopping, and talk, actively engage in the construction and constitution of familial roles, subjects, and relationships.

Many thanks for your interest in the pregnancy project.

Signed, sealed, delivered...

I am pleased to share news of beginnings and ends... In Fall 2006, I will be joining the anthropology faculty at SUNY College at Oneonta. I completed my dissertation and defended it in May 2006. The dissertation was the product of the time, effort, and support of many people, including the women and men in my study, and my mentors and teachers. I am so grateful for all that you have shared. I will be making portions of the dissertation available on this Web site.

Interested in learning more about this project?
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Sallie Han

SUNY College at Oneonta