Birth on the Threshold: Childbirth and Modernity in South India

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Zubaan, Dec 1, 2005 - 295 pages
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Even childbirth is afected by globalization---and in India, as elsewhere, the trend is away from home births assisted by midwives towards hospital births that increasingly rely on new technologies. And yet, as this work of critical feminist ethnography clearly demonstrates, as biomedical models of childbirth spread throughout the globe, they fuse with local practices to create distinctive forms of modern birth. Through vivid description and animated dialogue, this book conveys the birth stories of the women of Tamil Nadu in their own voices. Cecilia Van Hollen uses these stories to explore larger questions about how the structures of colonialism and postcolonial international and national development have helped to shape the form and meaning of birth for Indian women today.

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It was interesting to learn how an Indian cultures view birth, specifically the birth of females as opposed to males. Read full review

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