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Mediating means and fate : a socio-political analysis of fertility and demographic change in Bamako, Mali /
by Saskia Brand.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2001.
xviii, 339 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2001.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [323]-335) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Saskia Brand: (Ph.D. Leiden University 2000), specializes in gender studies and population issues.
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Reference & Research Book News, November 2001
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Description for Reader
Scholars in Anthropology, Demography, Gender Studies and African Studies, and policymakers in the field of population issues and urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Main Description
This ethnography of fertility provides a fascinating contribution to the debate on population growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. The thorough analysis of the rapidly changing urban environment illuminates the interests, strategies, and means of the various parties involved in demographic change.
Main Description
Why do birth rates fail to drop in Sub-Saharan Africa? This question has preoccupied demographers and population planners for decades. The expectation of fertility decline is based on the demographic transition model which still dominates demographic thinking, and which assumes a universal development towards low mortality and fertility levels following modernisation.This book argues that population dynamics can only be understood when viewed in their particular context. It provides both a critique of demographic methods and theorizing, and a detailed analysis of fertility issues in the rapidly changing urban environment of Bamako, capital city of Mali.A new light is shed on the population debate through the conceptualization of the meso-level, illuminating a part of the social world which usually remains obscure.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations usedp. x
Glossaryp. xi
Map of Bamakop. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Prefacep. xvi
Contextualizing Fertility
Introductionp. 3
The Issue of Populationp. 5
Towards a Whole Demographyp. 9
Mande Social Structures and Gendered Personhoodp. 13
Gendered personhoodp. 15
A Practice Approachp. 23
Means and Fatep. 28
Layout of the Bookp. 32
Bamako and its Inhabitants
Introductionp. 34
Growth of the cityp. 36
Migrationp. 42
Socio-economic Developmentsp. 44
Adolescencep. 48
Work and Livelihoodp. 51
Housing and Living Arrangementsp. 59
Infrastructures for Health and Family Planningp. 62
The Field of Social Relations
Marriage and Conjugal Relations
Introductionp. 67
Contracting a Marriagep. 68
Partner choicep. 68
The promise of marriagep. 73
Tying up the marriagep. 76
The civil procedurep. 80
The Final Stage: konyo sop. 83
Change: a Dynamic Procedurep. 87
More Change: Generations at stakep. 93
Conjugal Relationsp. 96
Discussionp. 101
Women Without Husbands: Choice or Force Majeure?
Introductionp. 103
Casesp. 104
The Dissolution of Marriage: Proceduresp. 114
Meanings and Effects of the Single Statusp. 119
Strategies and Future Perspectivesp. 126
Hidden Ways and Words of Women
Introductionp. 132
Coalitions and Competitionp. 134
Conflict Managementp. 142
Agency and the Supernaturalp. 145
After Wordp. 158
The Field of Fertility
Pregnancy and Delivery
Introductionp. 163
Pregnant with Insecurityp. 164
The Deliveryp. 169
Post Partum Ritualsp. 175
Protectionp. 175
The name-giving ceremonyp. 179
After the namingp. 183
Untimely Deathsp. 186
Frequency and medical causesp. 186
Perceptions of illness and lossp. 189
Conclusionp. 191
Single Mothers
Introductionp. 193
Casesp. 194
Romantically Involved?p. 210
How it Happenedp. 216
Reactionsp. 219
Where are the fathers?p. 223
Social blemish and legal consequencesp. 226
Copingp. 230
The Politics and Practice of Fertility Regulation
Introductionp. 232
The worth of childrenp. 233
Sexuality Control and Indigenous Fertility Interventionp. 242
Sexuality controlp. 242
Fertility interventionp. 246
Family Planning: Policies and Institutionsp. 252
Population policy since 1960p. 252
Institutions for contraceptive supply and family planning servicesp. 256
Checking out the supply side: accessibility of servicesp. 262
Levels of Contraceptive use in Bamakop. 266
Mediating wishes and demands, means and fatep. 269
Non-users of contraceptionp. 273
Users of contraceptivesp. 279
Fertility Strategies Comparedp. 293
Introductionp. 301
General Conclusionsp. 301
Fertility Managementp. 306
Policy Recommendationsp. 310
Research Methodology
Introductionp. 313
Relations in the Fieldp. 313
Assistancep. 315
Research Methodsp. 317
Baseline interviewsp. 317
In-depth studiesp. 317
Pharmacy surveyp. 319
An appraisal of Family Planning Facilitiesp. 321
Analysisp. 321
Referencesp. 323
Indexp. 336
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