Reproducing Empire, Birthing the Nation: Women's Health and Reproduction in Modern India: Context (HIH3018)

30 credits

In nineteenth and twentieth century India, reform of women’s health and reproduction became central to attempts to reform Indian society, culture, and economy. From debates about child marriage in British colonial India, to population control and commercial surrogacy in post-independence India, women’s bodies have been the object of legislation, medical intervention, experimentation, and commercial speculation. This module contextualises its co-requisite sources module by introducing you to the interdisciplinary scholarship surrounding women’s health and reproduction in modern India, drawing on anthropology, sociology, political science and development studies as well as historiography.