ISBN-10:
0761935398
ISBN-13:
9780761935391
Pub. Date:
12/05/2006
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Sex-Selective Abortion in India: Gender, Society and New Reproductive Technologies / Edition 1

Sex-Selective Abortion in India: Gender, Society and New Reproductive Technologies / Edition 1

by Tulsi Patel

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"No one can doubt the great importance of the subject that is addressed in this book - namely, the decision by prospective parents to... abort [the fetus] if the outcome [of sex determination test] points to the birth of a baby girl.... The editor is to be commended greatly for making this volume possible, and the contributors are to be thanked for the insight that their writings contain. If there is any hope of influencing events so that the practice of female-specific abortion disappears, then it must be based on increased understanding of the kind that is provided for us here."

-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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761935391
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/05/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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 Dyson
Preface
Introduction: Gender Relations, NRTs and Female Foeticide in India - Tulsi Patel
PART I: MISSING GIRLS AND NRTS: ETHICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DILEMMAS
Deficit of Girls in India: Can it be Attributed to Female Selective Abortion? - Leela Visaria
Female Foeticide: A Civilisational Collapse - Ashish Bose
Rethinking Female Foeticide: Perspective and Issues - Rainuka Dagar
PART II: MEANING AND SOCIAL CONTEXT OF THE DEPLETING NUMBER OF GIRLS
The Mindset behind Eliminating the Female Foetus - Tulsi Patel
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Social Context of the Missing Girl Child - Alpana D. Sagar
Health Policy, Plan and Implementation: The Role of Health Workers in Altering the Sex Ratio - Reema Bhatia
Adoption: Born to Live - Rashmi Kapoor
PART III: REPRESENTATION, ARTICULATION AND THE STATE
Female Infanticide, Property and the Colonial State - L. S. Vishwanath
The Political Economy of Missing Girls in India - Vibhuti Patel
Female Foeticide, Family Planning and State-Society Intersection in India - Tulsi Patel
Appendices
Index

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