Lecture: Trusting Contraception in India

Trusting Contraception in India
Dr. Jennifer Aengst
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Portland State University
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:30 PM PSU Urban Center 2nd Floor Gallery 506 SW Mill St.
Contraception and family planning in India have a long history, yet remain controversial. Recently, sterilization abuses and poorly conducted studies have posed questions about government policies and the impact of new technologies. Should the government promote contraception to women? How can new contraceptive technologies be introduced in an ethical manner? Does the cultural context shape perceptions of a particular contraceptive method? Based on a cross-cultural qualitative study of this new method, this study brings up questions of how we understand contraceptive trust–among women, providers, and advocates.
Jennifer Aengst’s current research examines the production of scientific knowledge, biomedicalization, and the role that culture plays in the development and dissemination of new technologies.

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