Highlighting the roles of ecology, culture, history, and political economy, this book considers how the unique mountain ecology and socio-cultural patterns of the Himalayan region of Ladakh contribute to a peculiar pattern of infant mortality. It stresses the burdens of women's work in this region as crucial to birth outcome. An example of a new genre of anthropological work called "ethnographic human biology," this study utilizes the methodology of human biology but strongly emphasizes the ethnographic context that provides meaning for human biological measures.
1. Introduction; 2. Challenges of high altitude living; 3. Contextualizing reproductive health research in Ladakh; 4. Big mountains, small babies; 5. An ecology of infancy in Ladakh; 6. Comparative perspectives on reproductive health in Ladakh; 7. Toward relevant research: adaptation and policy perspectives on maternal-infant health in Ladakh.
"A welcome addition for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in medical anthropology, as well as for public health and other professionals interested in maternal and infant health." American Journal of Biology