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FRSG Books and Publications

<NEW> The Anthropological Demography of Health, Véronique Petit, Kaveri Qureshi, Yves Charbit and Philip Kreager (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.

                                     This book provides an integrative framework for the anthropological demography of                                                           health, a field of interdisciplinary population research grounded in ethnography and in critical                                           examination of the social, political, and economic histories that have shaped relations                                                       between peoples. The field has grown from the 1990s, extending to a remarkable range of                                               key human and policy issues, including: genetic disorders; nutrition; mental health; infant,                                                 child and maternal morbidity; malaria; HIV/AIDS; disability and chronic diseases; new                                                       reproductive technologies; and population ageing. Collaboration with social, medical, and                                                demographic historians enables these issues to be situated in the evolution of
                                     institutional structures and inequalities that shape health and care access. Understanding                                                fertility levels and trends has widened beyond parity and contraception to the many life course                                         risks and alternative healing systems that shape reproductive health. By going beyond                                                     conventional demographic and epidemiological methods, and idealised macro/micro-level units,                                       the anthropological demography of health places people’s health-seeking behaviour in a compositional demography based on ethnographic observation of group formation and change over time, and of
variance between what people say and do. It tracks family and community networks; class, linguistic, and religious groups; sectoral labour and market distributions; health and healing specialisms; and relations between these bodies and with groups controlling local and national governments. The approach enables examination of how local cultures and experience are translated formally into measures on which survey and clinical programmes rely, thus testing the empirical adequacy of such translations, and leading to revision of concepts of risk and governance.

FRSG has an active publication series with Berghahn Books entitled Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality. The series

includes 47 volumes, as of 2020. The entire series can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality

General Editors:
Soraya Tremayne, Founding Director, Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group and Research Associate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
Marcia C. Inhorn, William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, Yale University
Philip Kreager, Director, Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group, and Research Associate
, Institute of Human Sciences, University of Oxford

Understanding the complex and multifaceted issue of human reproduction has been, and remains, of great interest both to academics and practitioners. This series includes studies by specialists in the field of social, cultural, medical, and biological anthropology, medical demography, psychology, and development studies. Current debates and issues of global relevance on the changing dynamics of fertility, human reproduction and sexuality are addressed.


Three of the books published in the series have received nominations for the CAR Prize (Committee for the Anthropology of Reproduction) at the American Association of Anthropologists (AAA).


The CAR Prize 2010 and 2012 were won, respectively, by Volume 12: Reconceiving the Second Sex: Men, Masculinity and Reproduction, edited by Marcia C. Inhorn, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, Helene Goldberg and Maruska la Cour Mosegaard, and Volume 18: Assisting Reproduction, Testing Genes, edited by Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli and Marica C. Inhorn.


Chinese Medical Woodcut, locations where acupuncture is prohibited during the third month of pregnancy, circa 984 (2nd year of the Eikan era)

Wellcome Images CC BY 4.0

Most recent volumes


Vol. 55 Religious Sensibilities in Pursuit of Sexual Well-being: African Diasporic Communities in the Netherlands, Amisah Zenabu Bakuri, 2024


Vol. 54 Invisible Labours: The Reproductive Politics of Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss in England, Aimee Louise Middlemiss, 2024

Vol. 53 Children are Everywhere: Conspicuous Reproduction and Childlessness in Reunified Berlin,  Meghana Joshi, 2023

Vol. 52 Making Multiple Babies: Anticipatory Regimes of Assisted Reproduction, Chia-Ling Wu, 2023


Vol. 51 Sexual Self-Fashioning: Iranian Dutch Narratives of Sexuality and Belonging, Rahil Roodsaz, 2022

Vol 50 Inconceivable Iran: To Reproduce or Not to Reproduce?, Soraya Tremayne, 2022

Vol. 49 Good Enough Mothers: Practicing Nurture and Motherhood in Chiapas, Mexico, JM Lopez, 2021


Vol. 48 How is a Man Supposed to be a Man?: Male Childlessness - A Life Course Disrupted, Robin A. Hadley, 2021

Vol. 47 Waithood: Gender, Education, and Global Delays in Marriage and Childbearing, Marcia C. Inhorn and Nancy J. Smith-Hefner (eds.), 2020

Special Journal Issues

((in press) Laura Sochas, Kaveri Qureshi, Philip Kreager (eds.) ‘Reproductive vulnerabilities: A critical perspective’, special issue of Critical Public Health.

(2017) Kaveri and Elizabeth Rahman (eds.) ‘Infant feeding: medicalization, the state and techniques of the body', special issue of Women’s Studies International Forum.



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