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Female selective abortion - beyond 'culture': family making and gender inequality in a globalising India

Unnithan-Kumar, Maya

Culture, health & sexuality, February 2010, Vol.12(2), pp.153-66 [Rivista Peer Reviewed]

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  • Titolo:
    Female selective abortion - beyond 'culture': family making and gender inequality in a globalising India
  • Autore: Unnithan-Kumar, Maya
  • Descrizione: There is an emerging global discourse on female selective abortion (FSA) as several Asian countries witness an increasing imbalance in their sex ratios in favour of boys. While there is an attendant increase in demographic and social surveys on the issue, little is understood about FSA as either a desired or contested practice of family making in the contexts in which it is practiced. Drawing on the accounts of feminists, doctors and lower, middle-class Hindu and Muslim women and their families in Rajasthan, Northern India, the paper explores differing perceptions and attitudes to FSA in the region. Focusing on the agency of pregnant women who resort to FSA, the paper suggests that gender inequality and marriage anxieties shape especially lower-middle-class women's engagement with reproductive technologies, including those of sex selection. The paper also concludes that the decisions of both Hindu and Muslim lower-middle-class women to abort female babies is informed by their shared, pragmatic understanding of the economic realities of gender discrimination and of their social obligation as wives to reproduce a particular quality of patriarchal family.
  • Fa parte di: Culture, health & sexuality, February 2010, Vol.12(2), pp.153-66
  • Soggetti: Abortion, Eugenic ; Choice Behavior ; Culture
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Identificativo: E-ISSN: 1464-5351 ; PMID: 19437177 Version:1 ; DOI: 10.1080/13691050902825290

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