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SpringerBriefs in Population Studies

Fertility Control in a Risk Society

Analysing Contraception Choice of Urban Elites in India

Authors: Husain, Zakir, Dutta, Mousumi

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  • Examines reliance of behavioural contraception methods in India, which is generally overlooked in literature on reproductive health
  • Analyses how reliance on birth control methods varies over reproductive life cycles using transition matrices
  • Appraises the role of social factors like risk and stresses of modern society as key factors in influencing contraceptive choice
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This book analyses the reasons for relying on behavioural contraception methods among urban ‘elites’ in India and examines their efficacy in controlling fertility. It also traces variations in contraception choice over the reproductive cycle of women.

Although researchers and policy makers generally equate reliance on behavioural contraceptive methods with low levels of education and awareness and lack of desire to control fertility, this perception has been questioned in recent years. The authors’ analysis of the first three rounds of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data in India reveals that behavioural contraceptive methods are popular in eastern India. Moreover, it is urban educated women who rely on behavioural methods, and are apparently able to regulate fertility quite effectively with such methods. NFHS data, however, has some limitations and this motivates the authors to explore birth control methods through primary surveys of currently married graduate women in Kolkata.

The use of behavioural contraception methods is a little researched area globally and this is the first book focusing on the topic in India.

About the authors

Zakir Husain is Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. He uses econometric tools and methods to study issues in education, demography, health, gender and social exclusion. He also teaches general equilibrium analysis, game theory and econometrics.

Email: dzhusain@gmail.com


Mousumi Dutta is Professor at the Department of Economics, Presidency University, Kolkata, India. Her research interests are reproductive health, health economics, gender issues and built heritage. She teaches applied econometrics and microeconomics.

Email: dmousumi1970@gmail.com

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fertility Control in a Risk Society
Book Subtitle
Analysing Contraception Choice of Urban Elites in India
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Population Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-3685-6
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-3685-6
Softcover ISBN
978-81-322-3683-2
Series ISSN
2211-3215
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 132
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations
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