Lukšaitė, E ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5728-9931 (2022) “I do not have to hurt my body anymore”: reproductive chronicity and sterilization as ambivalent care in rural north India. Medical Anthropology Quarterly: international journal for the cultural and social analysis of health.

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Abstract

Drawing on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in rural Rajasthan, India, I examine women's narratives of chronic reproductive suffering and the practices they employed to relieve it. Cumulative effects of adverse and ordinary reproductive events and exhaustion from caregiving were often seen as reproductive suffering, while sterilization emerged as an act of care toward women's ever-weakening bodies. Sterilization has been an integral part of the often coercive, incentive- and target-driven population control program in India. Rural women, however, described sterilization not as a form of violence but as an act of care, despite its ambivalence. In the context of reproductive chronicity—a persistent reproductive suffering recurring alongside reproductive events, available care options, relations within which these options are located, and structural conditions that shape women's lives—care and suffering are intimately and ambiguously intertwined.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author. Medical Anthropology Quarterly published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Anthropological Association. All rights reserved. DOI:10.1111/maq.12709This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: India; care; chronicity; reproduction; sterilization
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Primary, Community and Social Care
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2022 12:17
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2022 08:50
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10790

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