Fertility, Gender and War: The "Culture of Contraception" in Zimbabwe 1957-1980

TitleFertility, Gender and War: The "Culture of Contraception" in Zimbabwe 1957-1980
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsKaler, Amy
DegreePh.D.
Number of Pages347
UniversityUniversity of Minnesota
CityMinneapolis, MN
Abstract

In this Ph.D. dissertation, the author examines the social dynamics which attended the introduction of new means of fertility control, specifically the pill and the Depo-Provera injection, into Shona communities in Zimbabwe during the dying days of white rule. The author argues that issues of meaning construction, power, conflict and resistance are central to any changes in the social organization of fertility control, and that the Zimbabwean case provides examples of such conflicts across several dimensions.

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