This month Hayley Macgregor speaks with Maya Unnithan, Professor of Social and Medical Anthropology at the University of Sussex, about her new book, ‘Fertility, Health and Reproductive Politics: Re-imagining Rights in India‘.
Drawing on ethnographic research over the past eighteen years, Maya brings together the practices, experiences and discourse on fertility and reproduction in Northern India, into an overarching analytical framework on power and gender politics.
Through its focus on development actors, civil society members as well as health providers, it brings out the diverse ways in which reproductive rights are both understood and imagined by the state and civil society and juxtaposes this with understandings and perceptions of those who are both subjects and objects of the state policies and NGO interventions.
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