Sex-Selective Abortion in India: Gender, Society and New Reproductive Technologies / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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-Tim Dyson, from the Foreword
Is modern India going gender-awry, especially as society seems to turn against the female baby and fetus? This volume raises the emotive issue of millions of girls in India who fail to appear on the social scene, not figuratively, but in real demographic terms.
The contributors to this volume, all distinguished demographers and/or social scientists, describe the political economy of sentiments and sexual mores that lead parents to kill unborn daughters. In doing so, they ably unravel the values, principles, and practices behind the depleting child sex ratio in India.
The volume examines the ways in which reproductive technologies such as the ultrasound are misused at the family, community, and state levels. In this alarming scenario, it highlights both the participation and defiance of the various authorities dealing with reproduction, health services, and the problem of female feticide. Their engagement with the state is analyzed in the light of colonial policies, the law of adoption, health policies, family planning programs, and the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act of 1994 and its amendment in 2002.
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About the Author
Tulsi Patel is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi.She has recently been Rotating Chair, India Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany for a full semester (2005–06). An Honorary Research Associate at the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester (2001–04), she has also undertaken teaching assignments at the London School of Economics and the Royal Holloway College of the University of London (1996–97). Professor Patel has previously taught at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Miranda House (University of Delhi).Her areas of interest include gender, anthropology of fertility and reproduction, medical sociology, sociology of the family, and old age. She has authored Fertility Behaviour: Population and Society in a Rajasthan Village (1994, 2nd edn 2006) and edited The Family in India: Structure and Practice (2005). In addition, she has published several articles in national and international journals.
Table of Contents
Foreword Tim DysonPrefaceIntroduction: Gender Relations, NRTs and Female Foeticide in India - Tulsi PatelPART I: MISSING GIRLS AND NRTS: ETHICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DILEMMASDeficit of Girls in India: Can it be Attributed to Female Selective Abortion? - Leela VisariaFemale Foeticide: A Civilisational Collapse - Ashish BoseRethinking Female Foeticide: Perspective and Issues - Rainuka DagarPART II: MEANING AND SOCIAL CONTEXT OF THE DEPLETING NUMBER OF GIRLSThe Mindset behind Eliminating the Female Foetus - Tulsi PatelBetween a Rock and a Hard Place: The Social Context of the Missing Girl Child - Alpana D. SagarHealth Policy, Plan and Implementation: The Role of Health Workers in Altering the Sex Ratio - Reema BhatiaAdoption: Born to Live - Rashmi KapoorPART III: REPRESENTATION, ARTICULATION AND THE STATEFemale Infanticide, Property and the Colonial State - L. S. VishwanathThe Political Economy of Missing Girls in India - Vibhuti PatelFemale Foeticide, Family Planning and State-Society Intersection in India - Tulsi PatelAppendicesIndex