“You drowned me in tears, where did you go?” Narratives of Reproductive Loss and Grief in Middle-Class India

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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10900/136333
Dokumentart: PhDThesis
Date: 2023-02-08
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Ethnologie
Advisor: Alex, Gabriele (Prof. Dr.)
Day of Oral Examination: 2020-05-22
DDC Classifikation: 300 - Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Keywords: Ethnologie , Indien
Other Keywords: Medizinethnologie
Anthropology of Gender
Reproductive Loss
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)
Doctor-Patient Relationship
Biomedicalisation of Reproduction
Female Agency
Anthropology of Pregnancy and Childbirth
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This study is an analysis of middle-class couples’ experiences of reproductive loss, the ensuing grief, and their relentless struggles in order to achieve reproductive success in Kolkata, India. Based on ethnographic engagements, the study explains how the increasingly biomedicalised setting and middle-class ethos of 21st century, urban India shape such profoundly disruptive reproductive experiences. In doing so, the study illustrates how the couple’s experiences of loss and grief were constituted by multiple and intricately entangled enactments of gender roles, gendered emotions, entities, and normative concepts. Finally, the study pays attention to the processual utilisation of constrained agency by the actors, particularly, by the women, in order to show how they coped with their loss as well as their disrupted conjugal lives.

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