The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction is a comprehensive overview of the topics, approaches, and trajectories in the anthropological study of human reproduction. The book brings together work from across the discipline of anthropology, with contributions by established and emerging scholars in archaeological, biological, linguistic, and sociocultural anthropology. Across these areas of research, consideration is given to the contexts, conditions, and contingencies that mark and shape the experiences of reproduction as always gendered, classed, and racialized. Over 39 chapters, a diverse range of international scholars cover topics including:

  • Reproductive governance, stratification, justice, and freedom.
  • Fertility and infertility.
  • Technologies and imaginations.
  • Queering reproduction.
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and reproductive loss.
  • Postpartum and infant care.
  • Care, kinship, and alloparenting.

This is a valuable reference for scholars and upper-level students in anthropology and related disciplines associated with reproduction, including sociology, gender studies, science and technology studies, human development and family studies, global health, public health, medicine, medical humanities, and midwifery and nursing.

chapter |16 pages

Introduction to The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction

BySallie Han, Cecília Tomori

part Part I|68 pages

Opening conversations in reproduction

chapter 1|17 pages

Conceiving reproduction in biological anthropology

ByKaren L. Kramer, Amanda Veile, Paula Ivey Henry

chapter 2|16 pages

Developmental origins of health and disease

Evidence, proposed mechanisms, and ideas for future applications
ByZaneta Thayer, Theresa Gildner

chapter 3|16 pages

Men and reproduction

Perspectives from biological anthropology
ByPeter B. Gray, Alex Straftis, Kermyt G. Anderson

chapter 4|17 pages

Conceiving of reproduction in archaeology

ByApril Nowell, Lisa M. Mitchell, Helen Kurki

part Part II|96 pages

Governance, stratification, justice, and freedom

chapter 5|19 pages

Reproduction and the state

ByCarole H. Browner, Carolyn F. Sargent

chapter 6|17 pages

The necropolitics of reproduction

Racism, resistance, and the Sojourner Syndrome in the age of the Movement for Black Lives
ByLeith Mullings

chapter 7|14 pages

Reproductive governance in practice

A comparison of state-provided reproductive healthcare in Cuba and the United States
ByElise Andaya

chapter 8|13 pages

Reproduction through revolution

Maoist women's struggle for equity in post-development Nepal
ByJan Brunson

chapter 9|15 pages

Policy, governance, practice

Global perspectives on abortion
ByJoanna Mishtal, Silvia De Zordo

chapter 10|16 pages

Sterile choices

Racialized women, reproductive freedom, and social justice
ByIris López

part Part III|106 pages

Making fertility

chapter 11|17 pages


Causes, consequences, and context
ByMary P. Rogers-LaVanne, Kathryn B.H. Clancy

chapter 12|17 pages


Sociocultural perspectives
ByElisha P. Renne

chapter 13|16 pages

Infertility, in vitro fertilization, and fertility preservation

Global perspectives
ByMarcia C. Inhorn

chapter 14|24 pages

Global IVF and local practices

The case of Ghana
ByTrudie Gerrits

chapter 15|14 pages


ByDaisy Deomampo

chapter 16|16 pages


ByAndrea Whittaker

part Part IV|34 pages

Queering reproduction

chapter 17|16 pages

The racial contours of queer reproduction

ByFrance Winddance Twine, Marcin Smietana
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chapter 18|16 pages

Invisible hands

The reproductivities of queer(ing) and race(ing) gynecology
ByNessette Falu

part Part V|60 pages

Made and unmade

chapter 19|16 pages

“Personhood” in the anthropology of reproduction

ByLinda Layne

chapter 20|12 pages

Prenatal screening and diagnosis

ByNete Schwennesen, Tine M. Gammeltoft

chapter 21|14 pages

Navigating reproductive losses

ByErica van der Sijpt

chapter 22|16 pages

Reproduction in the past

A bioarchaeological exploration of the fetus and its significance
ByAmy B. Scott, Tracy K. Betsinger

part Part VI|42 pages


chapter 23|13 pages

Pregnancy and the anthropology of reproduction

ByElly Teman, Tsipy Ivry

chapter 24|14 pages

Bringing language into the anthropology of reproduction

The text and talk of pregnancy
BySallie Han

chapter 25|13 pages

From couvade to “men's involvement”

Sociocultural perspectives of expectant fatherhood
ByRichard Powis

part Part VII|102 pages


chapter 26|16 pages

The obstetrical dilemma revisited—revisited

ByKaren R. Rosenberg, Wenda R. Trevathan

chapter 27|13 pages

There is no evolutionary “obstetrical dilemma”

ByHolly Dunsworth

chapter 28|14 pages

Midwifery in cross-cultural perspectives

ByMounia El Kotni

chapter 29|12 pages


Negotiating boundaries in birth
ByJulie Johnson Searcy, Angela N. Castañeda

chapter 30|14 pages

Rituals and rites of childbirth across cultures

ByMelissa Cheyney, Robbie Davis-Floyd

chapter 31|16 pages

Making dignified care the norm

Examining obstetric violence and reproductive justice in Kenya
ByJackline Oluoch-Aridi, Vania Smith-Oka, Jessica Dailey, Ellyn Milan

chapter 32|15 pages

Maternal mortality

ByAdrienne Strong

part Part VIII|48 pages

Postpartum and infant care

chapter 33|14 pages

Making space for lactation in the anthropology of reproduction

ByCecília Tomori, E.A. Quinn, Aunchalee E.L. Palmquist

chapter 34|18 pages

The bioarchaeology of infant feeding

BySiân E. Halcrow, Melanie J. Miller, Kate Pechenkina, Yu Dong, Wenquan Fan

chapter 35|14 pages

Biocultural perspectives on infant sleep

ByAlanna E.F. Rudzik, Cecília Tomori, James J. McKenna, Helen L. Ball

part Part IX|58 pages

Care as reproducing kinship

chapter 36|15 pages


ByLynnette Leidy Sievert, Subho Roy

chapter 38|14 pages


Evolutionary origins and contemporary significance of cooperative childrearing as a key feature of human reproduction
ByKristen N. Herlosky, Alyssa N. Crittenden

chapter 39|13 pages

Adoption and fostering

ByJessaca Leinaweaver, Diana Marre