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Folk medical beliefs and practices concerning women's health and the female body in Southern Appalachia


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Abstract (summary)

This study explores folk medical beliefs and practices regarding women's health issues and the female body, specifically menstruation, pregnancy, abortion, and menopause, in the Southern Appalachian region. This research reveals what information was given to young girls, by whom was it given, and the effect this had on their self-image and on how they communicated about their bodies as they matured. Other key elements include the social restrictions surrounding menstruation and the ways these beliefs were communicated to young girls. In addition, this project presents information on the treatment of symptoms such as cramps, bloating, headaches, excessive bleeding, lack of flow, etc. and how this information was communicated.

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Subject
Sociology;
Cultural anthropology;
Womens studies;
Folklore
Classification
0626: Sociology
0326: Cultural anthropology
0453: Womens studies
0358: Folklore
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Folk medical beliefs and practices concerning women's health and the female body in Southern Appalachia
Author
Dale, Emily Lucinda
Number of pages
72
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0069
Source
MAI 44/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542725739
Advisor
Lloyd, Theresa
University/institution
East Tennessee State University
University location
United States -- Tennessee
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1436254
ProQuest document ID
305327477
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305327477
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