Pamela will be off campus Fall 2013 through Spring 2014.
Pamela has been working on reproductive health care issues in Cameroon since 1980, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as an anthropological researcher. Her research focuses on connections between reproduction and belonging, especially when these go awry through infertility, miscarriage, unsafe abortion, or ethnic stereotyping of fertility. Pamela’s work connects reproductive health and fertility to ethnic conflict and autochthony movements, and develops the concept of reproductive insecurity. Her first project, on women's fear of infertility among the rural Bamiléké of Cameroon, addresses the ways female poverty and the state-ethnic relations are inscribed in women's views of their bodies. Subsequent projects have explored the social consequences of medical rumors, the role of women's voluntary associations in reproductive decision-making, social network attributes of miscarriage and abortion, and the rich, ongoing social and cultural ties between “exile” and “home” communities within Cameroon. Pamela’s current research investigates how West African transnational migrants to Europe incorporate childbearing into their negotiation of triple marginality on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, and gender. By looking at ways birth contributes to global connectedness and local exclusion among women of Bamiléké origin who have migrated to Berlin, Pamela aims to contribute to broader understandings of immigration and health care reform.
To view a bibliography of Pamela's work, click here.
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