Running after Pills Politics, Gender, and Contraception in Colonial Zimbabwe

ISBN-10: 0325070431
ISBN-13: 9780325070438
Edition: 2003
Authors: Amy Kaler
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Description: Kaler examines how "modern" contraceptive technologies, such as the pill and the Deop-Provera injection, were embroiled in gender and generation conflicts, and in the national liberation struggle, in Zimbabwe during the 1960s and 1970s. Based on  More...

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Book details

List price: $47.38
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 12/22/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Kaler examines how "modern" contraceptive technologies, such as the pill and the Deop-Provera injection, were embroiled in gender and generation conflicts, and in the national liberation struggle, in Zimbabwe during the 1960s and 1970s. Based on extensive oral and archival research, the book shows the ways in which fertility and control over reproduction within marriage and the family influenced the development of the "imagined community" of the nascent Zimbabwean nation. Kaler's book reveals the numerous intricate connections among these different domains of social life. Her book also shows how ideas about gender influenced the opposition of African nationalists to the new contraceptive technologies, and played a key role in shaping the nationalists' visions for an independent Zimbabwe. On a more general level, Kaler's book provides a major foundation for understanding the fertility revolution in southern Africa, as manifested in smaller family sizes and widespread acceptance and use of contraceptives. The enormity of change has hitherto been primarily the domain of statisticians and demographers. By focusing on the very beginning of the contraceptive revolution in Zimbabwe, Kaler gives demographic change a place in a social history that highlights the voices and experiences of those who actually participated in this revolution.

Amy Kaler is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. She has lived, worked and conducted research in southern and central Africa since 1990. Her fieldwork-based book Running After Pills: Gender, Politics and Contraception in Colonial Zimbabwe (Heinemann 2004) was nominated for the 2005 Joel Gregory Prize awarded by the Canadian African Studies Association. She is also the author of numerous qualitative and fieldwork-based articles in major journals in sociology, health, development studies and African studies. Melanie Beres is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Gender and Sociology at the University of Otago. Her research is in the area of sexuality and is concerned with how young adults negotiate their casual and long-term relationships. She has conducted field research in areas ldquo;close to homerdquo; including a small resort community in the Canadian Rockies.

Introduction
The Institutional History of Family Planning in Rhodesia
Blood and Boundaries: Local Knowledge of Physiologlogy and the Body
Contraception as Subversion: Gender and Power in Marital Relationships
Contraception as Disrespect: Fertility and Power in the Extended Family
Cutting Down the Nation: Fertility and African Nationalism
Conclusion
Appendix: The Biography of a Research Project

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