Fiks, E (2023) Imaginaries of a Laparoscope: Power, Convenience, and Sterilization in Rural India. Anthropology and Medicine. ISSN 1364-8470

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Laparoscopic tubal ligation is the most prevalent method of contraception amongst India's rural and urban poor. Drawing on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in rural Rajasthan in 2012-2013, this paper investigates how rural women's perceptions of a biomedical instrument-the laparoscope-influence their perceptions of sterilization, a procedure often entrenched in coercive, target- and incentive-driven population control programme. By investigating how a laparoscope is entangled in global exchanges, national policies, institutional arrangements, and local moral worlds, this paper demonstrates that while wider biomedical discourses perpetuate the narrative of safety and convenience, people's everyday lives inform their understandings of technology that is widely known but rarely seen.

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Additional Information: © 2023 the Author(s). published by informa UK limited, trading as taylor & Francis group. CONTACT eva Fiks School of Medicine, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, UK. is an open Access article distributed under the terms of the creative commons Attribution license (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: India, imaginaries, laparoscope, sterilization, reproductive technology
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education. Medical schools. Research
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2022 08:39
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2023 09:28

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