About Elizabeth L. Krause
Krause’s fine-grained ethnographic studies illuminate important reproductive dynamics connected to economic practices. Research areas include political economy of low fertility; social memory and historical anthropology; economic anthropology; ethnographic writing; immigration; globalization; digital storytelling; Italy and United States. Major projects include lowest-low fertility among Italians, the formation of global households among Chinese migrant fast-fashion workers, and the experiences of young parenting Latinas in Massachusetts.
205 Machmer Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA. 01003
Bodies as Evidence: Mapping New Terrain for Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Global Public Health (2016)
Predominant approaches to teen pregnancy focus on decreasingnumbers of teen mothers, babies born to them, and state dollarsspent to support their families. This overshadows the structuralviolence interwoven into daily existence for these young parents.This paper ...
Krause_2015_cambio_fistful of tears.pdf Cambio (2015)
Abstract: In the made in italy fast-fashion sector, the ultimate flexible workers are Chinese migrants, whose parenting practices include circulating children back to China. This paper draws on collaborative research in Prato, Italy, to grasp ...
Strategic Authenticity and Voice: New Ways of Seeing and Being Seen as Young Mothers through Digital Storytelling Anthropology Department Faculty Publication Series (2014)
This paper presents the Ford Foundation-funded Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice project, which explores the subjective experience of structural violence and the ways young parenting Latinas embody and respond to ...
‘They Just Happened’: The Curious Case of the Unplanned Baby, Italian Low Fertility, and the ‘End’ of Rationality Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2012)
Even in a country with super-low fertility rates, at least one-quarter of all babies are unplanned. The finding puzzles policymakers. This article uses Italy's “curious case” as a jumping-off point to expose assumptions about rationality. ...
"They Just Happened": The Curious Case of the Unplanned Baby, Italian Low Fertility, and the ‘End’ of Rationality Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2012)
Even in a country with super-low fertility rates, at least one-quarter of all babies are unplanned. The finding puzzles policymakers. This article uses Italy’s “curious case” as a jumping-off point to expose assumptions about rationality. ...
Session V: Video and Media production as Student Projects - What resources are available? Film and Digital Media in the Classroom (2011)
Instructional Designer and Faculty Support Coordinator JC Sawyer teams up with Anthropology Professor Elizabeth Krause to discuss the reality of integrating student-driven multimedia projects into the curriculum, and what resources and support are available for ...
Encounters with ‘the Peasant’: Memory Work, Masculinity, and Low Fertility in Italy American Ethnologist (2005)
The peasant in Italy has all but vanished as an exemplar of an economic way of life but as a social figure has relevance to trends such as the transformation to small families. Ethnographic "encounters" ...
Unraveled: A Weaver's Tale of Life Gone Modern, University of California Press (2009)
Deftly bridging literary conventions, this compelling work exposes the cultural origins of a quiet revolution that occurred over the course of the twentieth century. Elizabeth Krause combines novelistic and ethnographic techniques to illuminate population dynamics ...
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Carnival, a “Sold” Woman, and Wet Economies: Challenges of making peasants the subjects of history Carnival King of Europe: Power, ritual and the people without history; in honor of Eric R. Wolf (1923-1999). (2009)
While conducting research on fertility decline and its historical and contemporary meanings, I came across a video recording of a “sold” peasant woman. Her story struck me as remarkable yet obscure. She had been coerced ...