Below is a paper I wrote for my anth theory class. The assignment was to conduct a short ethnography making some connection with a reading we had done over the quarter. As you will see I chose to focus on Sigmund Freud and examining the mind because of a conversation I had with a woman on the ferry — and because lately I have been thinking about the impact of mental health on Black breastfeeding. I want to tell you up front that I personally believe there is more to the story. I have said in this paper and it is my belief that when it comes to the ‘gaps’ in Black women’s breastfeeding I tend to look past protagonists. I hardly place my focus on Black women alone when trying to figure out ‘why we don’t breastfeed,’ even though this is not to say that I don’t think Black women are autonomous beings who make choices when it comes to nursing or that there may not be some insight gained from a method such as examining our minds. There’s just a bigger picture. And that bigger picture involves everyone. That’s what I think. That’s how I roll.
Of course this is extremely lacking in the grand scheme — we only had a 9 page limit and about 2 weeks to put this together — not 300 pages and 2 years, LOL. But in any case the thought about it all seems interesting enough. I didn’t change any of the wording or anything from the piece that I turned in. This is an unadulterated copy. And btw, I received permission from my participants to publish their responses to my questions on this site. BTW again, I haven’t been graded on this assignment yet. I literally just turned it in a few hours ago. What grade would you give me? *wink*
Update: I received a 3.7/4.0, for my grade.
Here’s my paper: