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Author Pinto, Sarah, 1973-

Title Where there is no midwife : birth and loss in rural India / Sarah Pinto.

Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  618.40954 PINT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 330 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Fertility, reproduction, and sexuality ; v. 10.
Fertility, reproduction, and sexuality ; v. 10.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [302]-319) and index.
Contents 1. Work: Where There Is No Midwife -- 2. Bodies: The Poisonous Lotus -- 3. Medicine: Development Without Institutions -- 4. Seeing: Visuality in Pregnancy -- 5. Dying: In the Big, Big Hands of God -- 6. Ideals: Ciphers of Tradition -- 7. Talk: Casting Desire.
Summary "In the Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh, an agricultural region with high rates of infant mortality, maternal health services are poor while family planning efforts are intensive. By following the daily lives of women in this setting, the author considers the women's own experiences of birth and infant death, their ways of making-do, and the hierarchies they create and contend with. This book develops an approach to the care that focuses on emotion, domestic spaces, illicit and extra-institutional biomedicine, and household and neighborly relations that these women are able to access. It shows that, as part of the concatenation of affect and access, globalized moralities about reproduction are dependent on ambiguous ideas about caste. Through the unfolding of birth and death, a new vision of "untouchability" emerges that is integral to visions of progress."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Childbirth -- India.
Rural health -- India.
ISBN 1845453107 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781845453107 (hardcover : alk. paper)