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Title: Social bundles: Thinking through the infant body
Author(s): Brownlie, Julie
Sheach Leith, Valerie M
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Keywords: body
Issue Date: May-2011
Date Deposited: 6-Mar-2013
Citation: Brownlie J & Sheach Leith VM (2011) Social bundles: Thinking through the infant body. Childhood, 18 (2), pp. 196-210.
Abstract: Drawing on a UK research study on immunization, this article investigates parents' understandings of the relationship between themselves, their infants, other bodies, the state, and cultural practices - material and symbolic. The article argues that infant bodies are best thought of as always social bundles, rather than as biobundles made social through state intervention; and concludes that, while the natural/cultural divide may now be widely accepted as artificial within the social sciences, we need to scrutinize how people in their everyday lives work out, and invest in, the distinction between the two.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0907568210394879
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