Lukšaitė, E (2021) "Everything in India Happens by Jugaad": Dai-mas in Institutions in Rural Rajasthan. Medical Anthropology. 1 - 15. ISSN 0145-9740

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Since the introduction of a scheme promoting institutional deliveries in India, dai-mas (traditional midwives) have not become obsolete, but remain integral to institutional caregiving in rural areas in ways that are not always recognized. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in rural Rajasthan, I discuss two institutional contexts in which dai-mas were encountered - traditional midwife training event and hospital births. By examining how dai-mas' authoritative knowledge is reconfigured within institutions, I suggest that the polysemic Hindi term jugaad - a phrase describing the kinds of improvisation required in resource-poor settings - captures different aspects of dai-mas' relationships with and within institutions and the state of maternal caregiving in rural India.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: India; authoritative knowledge; dai-ma; institutional childbirth; maternal health; traditional birth attendants
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 15:04
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2023 01:30

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