CAR Newsletter Fall 2009

In This Issue:

Mentorship Column:
What I Learned about Writing a Book Manuscript
By Sallie Han

 Each month, one woman’s work (like a book chapter or conference paper) is offered as the “entrée” and a second woman’s work is the “side dish” (like an abstract for a conference). We e-mail our drafts at least two full days in advance, but occasionally we bring copies of “side dishes” to the meeting itself. Having a scheduled meeting provided me with a deadline. Also, it became an obligation to my friends that I did not take lightly. Month by month, I brought my chapters to my writing group in part because I knew that they were expecting them. I could let myself down, but not my Village People.

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CAR Newsletter Spring 2009

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Mentorship Column
By Lauren Fordyce Ph.D.

Recognize that you won’t write every day. Some days it just doesn’t work out. Writing my dissertation in Florida, I got a lot of work done in the summer when I would sit huddled in front the tiny a/c unit and couldn’t even imagine stepping outside. Things were a bit more difficult in the winter on those sunny 70­degree days when all your friends would call after they got out of class to meet for happy hour.

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CAR Newsletter Fall 2008

In This Issue:

Mentorship Column
By Deb Blizzard

We all have different experiences with tenure. It can be daunting, but it can also be affirming.
After assembling my materials I stared at the boxes: I was unsettled to think that a bunch of paper
was going to represent me to the committee. But it was and it did. So, on a personal note, it may be
difficult but try to remind yourself that you are more than just those boxes, whatever outcome you
receive. Good luck!

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CAR Newsletter Spring 2008

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Uncovering the Nativism of Population Politics
Priscilla Huang, NAPAW

When anti-immigrant zealots publicize their opposition to policies that they perceive as “pro-immigrant,” they often insist that their motives are not racist. The anti-immigrant movement has carefully maintained that it is only opposed to “illegal” immigration, and welcomes immigrants who “follow the rules” and enter the country legally. Many pundits and presidential candidates similarly embrace this rhetoric. But their assertions are in fact disingenuous.

What’s more, immigrant women bear the brunt of these anti-immigrant attacks. Take the issue of birthright citizenship.

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In This Issue:

TAKING A STAND: CAR OPPOSES THE GLOBAL GAG RULE
By The CAR Advocacy Committee

First implemented by the Reagan administration in 1984, rescinded by President Clinton, and reinstated by the Bush administration in 2001, the Global Gag Rule prohibits foreign organizations that receive U.S. family planning money from providing abortion or referring clients to abortion services, even if they do not use US funds to do so. The Global Gag Rule forbids foreign organizations that receive US funding from working to legalize abortion in their own countries. This provision would be unconstitutional in the United States because it requires that an organization “surrender its right to use its own funds to exercise free speech and participate in the political process” (Population Action International). Anthropologists have ample opportunity to observe and document the cruel and devastating effects of the Global Gag Rule in poor countries and communities.
 

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CAR Newsletter Spring 2007

In This Issue:

CAR Advocacy Initiative
By Lynn M. Morgan 

CAR members study all facets of reproduction the world over. Our collective expertise covers issues such as mothering, childbearing, infertility, midwifery, contraception, abortion, adoption, new reproductive technologies, and the local effects of global policies. Some of us conduct research in humble homes and impoverished rural clinics, while others work in high-tech laboratories and wealthy medical institutions. With the advocacy initiative, CAR members offer our skills, services, and research results to the advocates with whom we share common cause.
 

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CAR Newsletter Fall 2006

In This Issue:

Member News: In the Media

“Rachel Roth: This article discusses the debate taking place in the United Kingdom regarding lowering the legal limit of abortion to less than 24 weeks, the current limit…
 
Laury Oaks: The Childbirth Connection i a not-for-profit organization that provides women and health care professionals with information about maternity care…
 
Lynn Morgan: For a chilling account of where we stand on abortion in the US, see “Roe versus reality: Abortion and Women’s health,” in the New England Journal of Medicine…”

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CAR Newsletter Spring 2006

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Member News: In the Media

“Alma Gottlieb (2005) worked on a set of short videos connected with my new book The Afterlife is Where We Come From: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa (U. of Chicago Press, 2004)….
 
The First episode of Linda Layne’s TV series “Motherhood Lost: Conversations has won two awards….”

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CAR Newsletter Fall 2004

In This Issue:

The Home Pregnancy Test: A Feminist Technology?
by Linda Layne

“Home pregnancy tests are relatively low cost and easy for women to obtain and use, in other words, the very type of technology advocated by women’s health movement and STS scholars calling for more democratic design and use of technoscience.”

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CAR Newsletter Spring 2004

In This Issue:

Population and Progress in a Yoruba Town
by Elisha Renne 

“This study of local perceptions of population and development questions some of the underlying assumptions of the demographic theory of fertility transition, namely once certain conditions associated with Wester societies are attained, fertility will decline.”

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