Department of Anthropology


Maya Unnithan's inaugural professional lecture - recording now available

Professor Maya Unnithan’s inaugural professorial lecture took place on Wednesday 17 May 2017, 6.30pm at the University of Sussex.

Reproductive Politics in India: Giving the Body a Voice

How is family-making and childbearing undertaken in a globalising India where highly regulated population policies and strongly patriarchal caste ideologies co-exist with advanced reproductive technologies and rights-based maternal healthcare development programmes?

In the lecture I draw on long term ethnography and the accounts of families in peri-urban Rajasthan to show how the conflicting reproductive demands of the state, kin and family are navigated in terms of notions of self and entitlements. A focus on the politics of reproduction, fertility, and the body gives a very different perspective on the power of institutions in India from how it is normally studied and understood.

The lecture recording can be found here - 



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By: Centre for Cultures of Reproduction
Last updated: Thursday, 1 June 2017