By Cecilia Van Hollen

ISBN-10: 0520223594

ISBN-13: 9780520223592

ISBN-10: 8186706720

ISBN-13: 9788186706725

Even childbirth is suffering from globalization—and in India, as in different places, the fad is clear of domestic births, assisted by way of midwives, towards clinic births with expanding reliance on new applied sciences. And but, as this paintings of serious feminist ethnography sincerely demonstrates, the worldwide unfold of biomedical versions of childbirth has no longer introduced forth one monolithic type of "modern birth." targeting the beginning reports of lower-class girls within the South Indian kingdom of Tamil Nadu, Birth at the Threshold reveals the advanced and precise ways that modernity emerges in neighborhood contexts.

Through vibrant description and lively discussion, this booklet conveys the start tales of the ladies of Tamil Nadu of their personal voices, emphasizing their reviews of and aspirations for contemporary births this present day. In mild of those tales, writer Cecilia Van Hollen explores better questions about how the buildings of colonialism and postcolonial foreign and nationwide improvement have helped to form the shape and which means of beginning for Indian ladies at the present time. finally, her booklet poses the query: How is gender—especially maternity—reconfigured as delivery is transformed?

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