Download e-book for kindle: Contingent Lives: Fertility, Time, and Aging in West Africa by Caroline H. Bledsoe

By Caroline H. Bledsoe

Most girls within the West use contraceptives with the intention to keep away from having kids. yet in rural Gambia and different components of sub-Saharan Africa, many girls use contraceptives for the other reason—to have as many childrens as possible.

Using ethnographic and demographic facts from a three-year research in rural Gambia, Contingent Lives explains this likely counterintuitive truth through juxtaposing very varied understandings of the lifestyles path: one is a linear, Western version that equates getting older and the facility to breed with the passage of time, the opposite a Gambian version that perspectives getting older as contingent at the cumulative actual, social, and religious hardships of non-public heritage, specifically obstetric trauma. Viewing every one of those versions from the point of view of the opposite, Caroline Bledsoe produces clean understandings of the classical anthropological matters of copy, time, and getting older as culturally formed inside of women's conjugal lives. Her insights may be welcomed by way of students of anthropology and demography in addition to through these operating in public healthiness, improvement reviews, gerontology, and the historical past of medicine.

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