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Consuming immunities

Milk sharing and the social life of passive immunity
ByAunchalee E. L. Palmquist

Scholars have drawn attention to the ways in which society shapes the production of scientific knowledge, and in turn how biomedical science informs embodied experiences, especially vis-à-vis disease. The human immune system, in particular, has been at the center of intensive cultural critique in anthropology, philosophy of science, history of medicine, and feminist science and technology studies. The focus of this chapter is the intersection of human milk immunology, cultural ideologies of passive immunity, and human milk sharing. Ethnographic insights into milk sharing in the U.S. inspire new conversations about milk sharing that bridge biological and sociocultural anthropology.