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Balancing tradition and modernity in narratives surrounding contraception use among poorer women in West Bengal, India.

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This paper investigates how poorer women in West Bengal, India balance the ideas of modernization and tradition in their choices to use birth control. Ideologically, Indian women have traditionally been placed within the context of the home and valued principally as wives and mothers. Children, therefore, are tremendously important for women within this framework.
In contrast, the ideology of the relatively well structured and very large family planning program asks especially poorer women to have fewer children for the good of the family and the nation.
How do poorer, predominantly illiterate women balance these two oppositional ideas in an area that is of such importance in their lives? Qualitative feminist interviewing conducted in government family planning clinics is used to investigate how these women negotiate fertility control decisions with themselves and others, and how they place these decisions in the chronological borderlands between tradition and modernity in a changing world.

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Mookerjee, Devalina. "Balancing tradition and modernity in narratives surrounding contraception use among poorer women in West Bengal, India." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111659_index.html>

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Mookerjee, D. , 2003-05-27 "Balancing tradition and modernity in narratives surrounding contraception use among poorer women in West Bengal, India." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111659_index.html

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Abstract: This paper investigates how poorer women in West Bengal, India balance the ideas of modernization and tradition in their choices to use birth control. Ideologically, Indian women have traditionally been placed within the context of the home and valued principally as wives and mothers. Children, therefore, are tremendously important for women within this framework.
In contrast, the ideology of the relatively well structured and very large family planning program asks especially poorer women to have fewer children for the good of the family and the nation.
How do poorer, predominantly illiterate women balance these two oppositional ideas in an area that is of such importance in their lives? Qualitative feminist interviewing conducted in government family planning clinics is used to investigate how these women negotiate fertility control decisions with themselves and others, and how they place these decisions in the chronological borderlands between tradition and modernity in a changing world.

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“Nowadays who wants many children?” Balancing tradition and modernity in narratives surrounding contraception use among poorer women in West Bengal India. This paper investigates how poorer women in West Bengal India balance the ideas of modernization and tradition in their choices to use birth control. Ideologically Indian women have traditionally been placed within the context of the home and valued principally as wives and mothers. Children therefore are tremendously important for women within this framework. In contrast the ideology
of New York Press. Tharu S. & Lalita K. (1991). Introduction. In S. Tharu & K. Lalita (Eds.) Women writing in India: 600 B.C. to the present. New York NY: Feminist Press at the City University of New York. 26 Visaria L. (2000). From contraceptive targets to informed choice: The Indian experience. In R. Ramasubban & S. Jejeebhoy (Eds.) Women’s reproductive health in India. (pp. 331-382). Jaipur India: Rawat Publications. Warwick D. (1982). Bitter pills: Population policies and their


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