Event Title

Using bodies: negotiating reproductive health in an Indian village

Description

This study considers the ways in which women's bodies are at once objects of state population planning and subjects of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) discourse. By examining the everyday geographies of 29 women in Daultabad Village, India, it is possible to see the ways in which bodies become tools to negotiate sexual and reproductive desires, reshaping power relations related to SRH. The strategies employed by women in light of multiple and conflicting state and village discourses on SRH make visible the spaces of hope created by and with bodies. Women both reproduce and subvert village patriarchy, state planning and nationalism and in doing so foreground their bodies and the village in which they live as spaces of political action. This project draws upon interview-based research conducted by the author in India as well as scholarly work on bodies, states, nationalism, and sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

Subject - LCSH

Women--India--Agra (District)--Identity; Sex role--India--Agra (District); Reproductive health--India--Agra (District)

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Session

Poster Session

Genre/Form

Posters

Type

event

Geographic Coverage

Agra (India : District)

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

Keywords

bodies, gender, sexual and reproductive health, nationalism and critical geographies

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Using bodies: negotiating reproductive health in an Indian village

This study considers the ways in which women's bodies are at once objects of state population planning and subjects of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) discourse. By examining the everyday geographies of 29 women in Daultabad Village, India, it is possible to see the ways in which bodies become tools to negotiate sexual and reproductive desires, reshaping power relations related to SRH. The strategies employed by women in light of multiple and conflicting state and village discourses on SRH make visible the spaces of hope created by and with bodies. Women both reproduce and subvert village patriarchy, state planning and nationalism and in doing so foreground their bodies and the village in which they live as spaces of political action. This project draws upon interview-based research conducted by the author in India as well as scholarly work on bodies, states, nationalism, and sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.