Social Sciences Forum — Health Inequality Lecture
“Sex-Selective Abortion in India: Victims, Villains and Other Ways of Seeing the World”
Utpal Sandesara, University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, February 28, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Over the past 30 years, selective abortion of female fetuses has become a disturbingly routine form of family planning in India, with expert estimates of the total exceeding half a million. Countless legal and policy measures aim to curb what has widely come to be seen as a public “crisis,” but we know almost nothing about the experiences of families seeking the service or clinicians providing it. Drawing on 18 months of clinic-based fieldwork, anthropologist and physician-in-training Utpal Sandesara shines new light on the lived drama of sex selection. Taking listeners through a secretive black market, the sitting rooms of common households, and the dusty halls of government, Sandesara provocatively challenges longstanding approaches in public health. In the process, he illustrates the potential value of clinical research as a tool for understanding and addressing troubling social problems.
Reception to follow lecture. Admission is free and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Health Administration and Policy.
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