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Author Hough, Carolyn A.
Source World Health Organization (WHO)-Global Index Medicus
Content type Text
Publisher Elsevier
File Format HTM / HTML
Language English
Difficulty Level Medium
Subject Domain (in DDC) Philosophy & psychology ♦ Psychology ♦ Social sciences ♦ Sociology & anthropology ♦ Economics ♦ Microeconomics & related topics ♦ Social problems & services; associations ♦ Social welfare problems & services ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology ♦ Physiology & related subjects ♦ Natural history of organisms ♦ Technology ♦ Medicine & health ♦ Human physiology ♦ Incidence & prevention of disease ♦ Diseases ♦ Manufacture for specific uses ♦ Precision instruments & other devices
Subject Domain (in MeSH) Eukaryota ♦ Organisms ♦ Virus Diseases ♦ Male Urogenital Diseases ♦ Diseases ♦ Investigative Techniques ♦ Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment ♦ Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms ♦ Psychiatry and Psychology ♦ Reproductive and Urinary Physiological Phenomena ♦ Biological Sciences ♦ Social Sciences ♦ Human Activities ♦ Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena ♦ Humanities ♦ Humanities ♦ Persons ♦ Persons ♦ Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services ♦ Health Care Economics and Organizations ♦ Health Care ♦ Geographic Locations ♦ Geographic Locations
Subject Keyword Discipline Medicine ♦ Child Mortality ♦ Health Promotion ♦ Methods ♦ Infertility ♦ Religion And Medicine ♦ Social Identification ♦ Child ♦ Cultural Characteristics ♦ Dancing ♦ Female ♦ Gambia ♦ Hiv Infections ♦ Prevention & Control ♦ Humans ♦ Ethnology ♦ Islam ♦ Reproduction ♦ Self-help Groups ♦ Sexual Behavior ♦ Journal Article ♦ Research Support, Non-u.s. Gov't
Abstract This paper draws on ethnographic fieldwork with Gambian women who have experienced infertility and/or child mortality and who have consequently become kanyalengs. Kanyaleng kafoos are groups of women united by their reproductive difficulties whose bold public performances are designed to 'beg God' for fertility and for children who will survive. I situate 'kanyalengs' disrupted childbearing within a framework of stratified reproduction, which reveals the tensions between ongoing demands to meet norms of high fertility, women's heavy burden of reproductive disease and the limits of a reproductive public health agenda narrowly focused on family planning and HIV prevention. To ameliorate these tensions, I call for an expansion of the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) agenda in Gambia to include RTI/STI prevention, diagnosis and management. This expansion reflects the goals set out by the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development for a broader approach to reproductive health, the productive potential of linkages between SRH and HIV prevention efforts, as well as the reproductive objectives of Gambian women and men.
Spatial Coverage Gambia
Description Country affiliation: United States
Author Affiliation: Hough CA ( Department of Sociology, Augustana College, 639 38th St, 61201, Rock Island, IL, United States. carolynhough@augustana.edu)
ISSN 02779536
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Reading ♦ Research ♦ Self Learning
Interactivity Type Expositive
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-11-01
Publisher Place Great Britain (UK)
e-ISSN 18735347
Journal Social Science & Medicine
Volume Number 71
Issue Number 10


Source: WHO-Global Index Medicus