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 a purpose 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 teenagers as possible.

Using ethnographic and demographic facts from a three-year learn in rural Gambia, Contingent Lives explains this possible counterintuitive truth via juxtaposing very assorted understandings of the lifestyles direction: 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 non secular hardships of non-public heritage, specifically obstetric trauma. Viewing each 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 women's conjugal lives. Her insights may be welcomed via students of anthropology and demography in addition to by way of these operating in public healthiness, improvement experiences, gerontology, and the heritage of medicine.

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Contingent Lives: Fertility, Time, and Aging in West Africa (Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture Series)

Most girls within the West use contraceptives with the intention to keep away from having little ones. yet in rural Gambia and different elements of sub-Saharan Africa, many girls use contraceptives for the other reason—to have as many kids as attainable. utilizing ethnographic and demographic facts from a three-year learn in rural Gambia, Contingent Lives explains this probably 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 private historical past, specially obstetric trauma.

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