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Haunting Fetus: Abortion, Sexuality, and the Spirit World in Taiwan Paperback – June 5, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0824824280 ISBN-10: 0824824288

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (June 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824824288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824824280
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Marc L. Moskowitz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina. Focusing on the intersection between gender, sexuality, and popular culture in China and Taiwan, he is a recipient of the ACLS-NEH, Chiang Ching-Kuo, Fulbright, and Fulbright-Hays Awards.

In addition to his books he has published in a range of journals in both Taiwan and the United States, including the China Quarterly, Popular Music, Sexualities, and Visual Anthropology.

Since his first trip to the PRC in the late 1980s, Moskowitz lived in China and Taiwan for over a decade.

To see his home page please go to:

http://people.cas.sc.edu/moskowitz/myindex.htm

To see YouTube videos, translated lyrics, and other information about the songs in his book "Cries of Joy, Songs of Sorrow" please go to:

http://people.cas.sc.edu/moskowitz/songs.html

For his documentaries please go to:

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
In this highly readable yet intellectually engaging
work, Moskowitz delivers a remarkable account of the
practice of fetus worship in contemporary Taiwan.
Integral to this account is a compelling discussion
of the cultural and emotional struggles Taiwanese women
experience in their decision to undergo an abortion,
and in their consequent attempts at finding psychological
and spiritual resolution.
Moskowitz's analysis is also noteworthy in its ability
to situate the psychological implications of these practices
in a complex religious and historical context. The result is
a truly fascinating work and an important contribution toward the
understanding of sexuality and spirtual life in Taiwan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paige Esbrook on January 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in its unedited form, so it may have changed a bit since then, but I loved it. The picture it paints of life in Taiwan is moving and explicit, and the language and situations range from compassionate to humorous. The topic is academic but the langauge isn't, so it's appropriate for the general public as well as academians. I especially loved the section on the noodle vendor who ran an appeasement sideline. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest, however passing, in Asian culture.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "kabirpeay" on January 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Moscowitz has done an excellent job of taking an incredibly complicated subject and made it accessible to a wide range of audiences without sacrificing any of the content. The topic itself is fascinating and will most likely prove to be a seminal work in understanding how ancient cultures adapt to modern life. I can think of no topic better suited than abortion and the haunting fetus to highlight the conflicts and contradictions inherent in this process. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding the metamorphosis of traditional Chinese culture as it moves into the new millenium.
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