Date of Award

2003

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School of Exercise and Health Science

Faculty

Communications, Health and Science

First Advisor

Dr Lynne Hunt

Second Advisor

Dr Nancy Hudson-Rodd

Abstract

The intent of this study is to explore why and in what ways rural, poor women in Bangladesh adhere to indigenous birth practices and resist cosmopolitan obstetric care. To understand the complexities of childbirth, a multidimensional framework encompassing culture, gender, socio-economic, political economy and historical perspectives is used. I used ethnographic methods to have deeper understanding of childbirth practices predominantly from women's voices, but strengthened by multiple other voices and my observational experiences. I gathered information in Apurbabari village, the adjacent Thana Health Complex and the Medical College Hospital using in-depth interviews and participant observation, in particular.

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