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"Well-Being for Melanesia": Alternative Indicators, Local Expertise and Women's Pregnancy Care in Vanuatu

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Dr. Sandra Widmer

"Well-Being for Melanesia": Alternative Indicators, Local Expertise and Women's Pregnancy Care in Vanuatu Dr. Sandra Widmer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology,York University Wednesday November 7, 3:30 – 5:00 pm Wilson Hall, 1003 ALL WELCOME!

Nov 06, 2018

Dr. Sandra Widmer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, York University

"Well-Being for Melanesia": Alternative Indicators, Local Expertise and Women's Pregnancy Care in Vanuatu

What forms of knowledge and care are mobilized that lives can be well-lived when it feels like the basis of social life is irrevocably changed? I explore two
dimensions of how people in Vanuatu, a southwestern Pacific country, are living this question. They have created “Alternative Indicators of Well-being for Melanesia” as strategic quantified engagements with the global culture of indicators. Most pregnant women visit massage experts with intensely local
forms of expertise of well-being and how it is achieved. These two scales of ni-Vanuatu knowledge of well-being demonstrate how well-being is tied to righting relationships with gendered implications.