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- DescriptionReproductive Restraints traces the history of contraception use and population management in colonial India, while illuminating its connection to contemporary debates in India and birth control movements in Great Britain and the United States. Sanjam Ahluwalia draws attention to the interactive and relational history of Indian birth control by including western activists such as Margaret Sanger and Marie Stopes alongside important Indian campaigners. In revealing the elitist politics of middle-class feminists, Indian nationalists, western activists, colonial authorities and the medical establishment, Ahluwalia finds that they all sought to rationalize procreation and regulate women while invoking competing tions of freedom, femininity, and family. Ahluwalia's remarkable interviews with practicing midwives in rural rthern India fills a gaping void in the documentary history of birth control and shows that the movement has had little appeal to n-elite groups in India. Finding that Jaunpuri women's reproductive decisions are bound to their emotional, cultural, and ecomic reliance on family and community, Ahluwalia presents the limitations of universal liberal feminist categories, which often do t consider differences among localized subjects. She argues that elitist birth control efforts failed to account for Indian women's values and needs and have worked to restrict reproductive rights rather than liberate subaltern Indian women since colonial times.
- Author BiographySanjam Ahluwalia is an associate professor of history and women's studies at Northern Arizona University.
- Author(s)Sanjam Ahluwalia
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication30/11/2007
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Weight372 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine14 mm
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