Journal article

Understanding the meaning and role of gifts given to Ugandan mothers in maternity care settings: "The help they give when they've seen how different you are'

Sarah Rudrum, Helen Brown, John L Oliffe

SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

The provision of gifts to new mothers in Uganda is laden with significance that varies by the social location of the giver and receiver and the context and conditions under which the gift is made available. Here, we examine the act of gift giving and receiving within a Ugandan maternity care setting, describing the connections between these material objects and social relations. A study investigating the social organisation of maternity care in post-conflict northern Uganda found that gift-giving to new mothers functioned to create a material and discursive context wherein women's desire to access these goods was leveraged to create an incentive to attend formal maternity care during pregnan..

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