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Low Fertility and Secret Family Planning in Lesotho


Kroeker, Lena:
Low Fertility and Secret Family Planning in Lesotho.
In: Kroeker, Lena (Hrsg.): Fertility, Conjuncture, Difference : Anthropological Approaches to the Heterogeneity of modern Fertility Declines. - Oxford : Berghahn , 2017 . - S. 247-278 . - (Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality ; 36 )
ISBN 978-1-78533-604-1

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"In between Life and Death" - HIV-Positive Women in Lesotho and their Obstetric ChoicesOhne Angabe

Projektfinanzierung: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft


In the last thirty years, socio-economic changes, high female employment, and a change in marital careers have altered Lesotho’s societal structure and, in consequence, fertility control. Three issues seem fundamental when looking at low fertility rates in this context: Who carries primary responsibilities as household head and family bread winner? Is there good access to family planning services? And, are there social norms which advocate childbearing within wedlock?
My case study indicates that employed women in Lesotho have taken care of generating income for larger family networks and remitted money to next of kin, even though their incomes were never an obligatory part of household bread baskets (cf. Mapetla 2005). This observation contrasts to Caldwell's hypothesis that a reduction of own offspring is due to increased investments for few children rather than larger family networks. In my examples, women instead postponed their own desire for offspring and assisted family members (i.e. younger siblings) financially.

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Publikationsform: Aufsatz in einem Buch
Begutachteter Beitrag: Ja
Keywords: Fertility; Lesotho; Contraception; HIV/AIDS
Institutionen der Universität: Graduierteneinrichtungen > BIGSAS
Titel an der UBT entstanden: Ja
Themengebiete aus DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften > 300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 360 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 370 Bildung und Erziehung
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 390 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore
600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften > 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Eingestellt am: 07 Jan 2019 10:22
Letzte Änderung: 07 Jan 2019 10:22
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/46781