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Imagin(in)g Pregnancy In Northwest Tanzania: Networks, Experiences, And Translations

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This chapter traces the intertwinement of technological images of the pregnant body, with the hopes, expectations, fears, and the sense of one's own insides, in short of pregnant imaginations. It claims that both - ultrasound images and societal imaginations - are context-specific. The chapter also claims that context, content and the depicted objects - the body and that 'within the body' - are co-produced and are mutually shaping each other. In order to show this, it discusses ultrasound to a place where it has not yet become a standard, inevitable part of every pregnancy: the chapter has follows ultrasound on its travel into the life worlds of women in Northwest Tanzania. Over the past decades, the body reproductive has re-emerged as a focus of anthropological interest. In many places in Northwest Tanzania ultrasound has caught on, as the fascination of women such as Laurentsia Shitindi and health care professionals demonstrates.

Keywords: Northwest Tanzania; pregnant imaginations; societal imaginations; ultrasound images



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