Lukšaitė, E ORCID: (2022) Documents that matter: Sterilization paperwork in rural India. Anthropology Today. (In Press)

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Female sterilization, or tubal ligation, is the most prevalent form of contraception in rural India. The paperwork that surrounds this procedure provides an interesting lens to investigate the state, its institutions, and their material conditions. The production and circulation of this paperwork uncover the state as an illegible and unpredictable entity that materializes in people’s everyday lives through bureaucratically futile certificates. In this article, I look at sterilization paperwork as a tool to tell stories about the state and its institutions in the context of seeking and undergoing tubal ligation in a government facility in rural India.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this article and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights, can be found on the publisher website.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 May 2022 14:47
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 14:47

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