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Contingent lives : fertility, time, and aging in West Africa

Author: Caroline H Bledsoe; Fatoumatta Banja
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Series: Lewis Henry Morgan lectures, 1999.
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Most women in the West use contraceptives in order to avoid having children. But in rural Gambia and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, many women use contraceptives for the opposite reason--to have as many children as possible. Using ethnographic and demographic data from a three-year study in rural Gambia, Contingent Lives explains this seemingly counterintuitive fact by juxtaposing two very different  Read more...
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Bledsoe, Caroline H.
Contingent lives.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002
(DLC) 2001051050
(OCoLC)47990011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Caroline H Bledsoe; Fatoumatta Banja
ISBN: 9780226058504 0226058506
OCLC Number: 692204892
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 396 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Foreword; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Reproductive Tolls and Temporalities in Studies of Reproduction; 3. Setting, Data, and Methods; 4. Managing the Birth Interval: Child Spacing; 5. Disjunctures and Anomalies: Deconstructing Child Spacing; 6. Realizing a Reproductive Endowment in a Contingent Body; 7. Time-Neutral Reproduction, Time-Neutral Aging; 8. Reaping the Rewards of Reproduction: Morality, Retirement, and Repletion; 9. Discovering Our Habitus: Contingency and Linearity in Western Obstetric Observations; 10. Rethinking Fertility, Time, and Aging; Appendixes; Glossary.
Series Title: Lewis Henry Morgan lectures, 1999.
Responsibility: Caroline H. Bledsoe with contributions by Fatoumatta Banja ; foreword by Anthony T. Carter.

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Most women in the West use contraception in order to avoid having children. But in rural sub-saharan Africa many women use it for the opposite reason, to have more children. This study of aging and  Read more...

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