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Low Fertility and Secret Family Planning in Lesotho

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Kroeker, Lena:
Low Fertility and Secret Family Planning in Lesotho.
In: Kroeker, Lena (ed.): Fertility, Conjuncture, Difference : Anthropological Approaches to the Heterogeneity of modern Fertility Declines. - Oxford : Berghahn , 2017 . - pp. 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 Choices
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Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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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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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Fertility; Lesotho; Contraception; HIV/AIDS
Institutions of the University: Graduate Schools > BIGSAS
Graduate Schools
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems, social services
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
300 Social sciences > 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 610 Medicine and health
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 10:22
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2019 10:22