This book grows out of IRRRAG’s four years of collaborative research and analysis in seven countries: Brazil, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, and the United States. Based on in-depth group and individual interviews with hundreds of women in diverse settings, the book asks when, whether and how grassroots women express a sense of entitlement or self-determination in everyday decisions about childbearing, work, marriage, fertility control and sexual relations. What strategies do women employ in their negotiations with parents, husbands or partners, health providers, and the larger community over reproductive and sexual matters? What role do economic constraints, religion, tradition, motherhood and group participation play in shaping their decisions?
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Gita Sen is Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health, and was until recently Professor of Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. She has been for many years a feminist analyst, activist and advocate on the political economy of globalization, and on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She is a member of DAWN's Executive Committee. Marina Durano was a member of DAWN's Executive Committee from 2008 to 2011, working on gender issues in financing for development, including the examination of gender issues in international trade policies. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Women's Development Research Centre (KANITA) of the Universiti Sains Malaysia, and is now an Assistant Professor at the Asian Center at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Manchester.From Library Journal:
Cultural, religious, social, and political forces all interact to define the meaning of reproductive rights as well as to prescribe the extent to which these rights can be realized. IRRRAG researched reproductive rights in seven countries: Brazil, Egypt, Peninsular Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, and three U.S. communities. The main body of this book reports on IRRRAG's findings on such issues as access to healthcare and information about sexuality and family planning; changing economic and social realities vs. traditional practices and roles; and the variety and complexity of points of view even within the same country. In the final chapter, editors Petchesky (political science, CUNY) and Judd (a consultant and editor affiliated with the Ctr. for Global Solutions in New York), while acknowledging cultural and national differences, summarize some themes they found that transcend these boundaries. Highly recommended for women's studies and anthropology collections.?Faye Powell, Portland State Univ. Lib., OR
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