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By Caroline H. Bledsoe

Most ladies within the West use contraceptives in an effort to stay away from having teenagers. yet in rural Gambia and different elements of sub-Saharan Africa, many girls use contraceptives for the other reason—to have as many youngsters as possible.

Using ethnographic and demographic info from a three-year research in rural Gambia, Contingent Lives explains this likely counterintuitive truth by way of juxtaposing very various understandings of the existence direction: one is a linear, Western version that equates getting older and the facility to breed with the passage of time, the opposite a Gambian version that perspectives getting older as contingent at the cumulative actual, social, and religious hardships of private heritage, specifically obstetric trauma. Viewing each one of those versions from the viewpoint of the opposite, Caroline Bledsoe produces clean understandings of the classical anthropological matters of replica, time, and getting older as culturally formed inside of women's conjugal lives. Her insights might be welcomed through students of anthropology and demography in addition to through these operating in public health and wellbeing, improvement reports, gerontology, and the heritage of medicine.

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