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Childbirth in South Asia: Old Paradoxes and New Challenges

Clémence Jullien and Roger Jeffery


This book illustrates the continuing challenges as well as the new paradoxes linked to childbirth in South Asia. It brings together anthropologists and sociologists working in different contexts (at the hospital, within the community) and in a variety of settings (rural, urban) in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. While women in Western countries have pressed for more home deliveries, and for the mitigation of some of the effects of the male appropriation and over-medicalized experience of motherhood, most developing countries are promoting institutionalized deliveries and stigmatizing p ... More

Keywords: South Asia, health policies, childbirth, hospital, medicalization, gender, social inequalities, new technologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190130718
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190130718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clémence Jullien, editor
CNRS research fellow, Center for South Asian Studies (CEIAS), Paris

Roger Jeffery, editor
Professor, University of Edinburgh

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Section 1 Historical Perspective

1 Changing Childbirth in Twenty-First-Century South Asia

Clémence Jullien and Roger Jeffery

Section 2 Continuing Relevance of ‘Traditional Birth Attendants’

4 Training Birth Attendants in India

Pascale Hancart Petitet

Section 3 Contested Categories

6 Childbirth in Transit

Deepra Dandekar

Section 4 Contemporary Birth Attendants

7 Outsiders in the Village

Jocelyn Killmer

8 Care’s Profit

Isabelle L. Lange, Sunita Bhadauria, Sunita Singh, and Loveday Penn-Kekana

9 Protocols and Set-Ups

Neha Madhiwalla

Section 5 Institutionalization of Childbirth

10 Son Preference in India

Clémence Jullien

11 Politics of Childbirth in Nepal

Jeevan R. Sharma and Radha Adhikari

Section 6 New Technologies

13 Digitalizing Community Health

Marine Al Dahdah and Alok Kumar