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Dr. Rajesh Gururaj Kundargi
Pondicherry University (A Central University)

Kundargi, Dr. Rajesh Gururaj. "NEGOTIATING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE: STRUCTURE, RESISTANCE, AND AGENCY AMONG THE WOMEN OF RURAL NORTH KARNATAKA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 4, Apr. 2019, pp. 3206-3217, Accessed Apr. 2019.
Kundargi, D. (2019, April). NEGOTIATING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE: STRUCTURE, RESISTANCE, AND AGENCY AMONG THE WOMEN OF RURAL NORTH KARNATAKA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(4), 3206-3217. Retrieved from
Kundargi, Dr. Rajesh Gururaj. "NEGOTIATING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE: STRUCTURE, RESISTANCE, AND AGENCY AMONG THE WOMEN OF RURAL NORTH KARNATAKA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 4 (April 2019), 3206-3217. Accessed April, 2019.


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The following paper is based on ethnographic research carried out for a period of one year in 2007-2008 and 2010-2011. The article examines the plight of the women residing in the rural locales of North Karnataka, and the process through which they go about their reproductive decisions during pregnancy, child birth and child care. By doing so the author tries to bring to the fore, the complex web of formal and non formal factors which influence these decisions. The researcher puts forward basically four set of factors which inform the decisions of women: 1) the institutional public healthcare of the state and the international funding agencies which implement RCH programmes at the grass roots. 2) the self-help groups that are run by governmental and non-governmental agencies which cater to the needs of rural women for their economic empowerment. 3) the support group organizations or the "networks" that help women with reproductive health problems like the TBAs, ASHA workers, and other elderly women of the village. 4) the cultural constructions of gender and the self, particularly the centrality of motherhood as well as the women's own kinship network viz. inter-spousal relations, natalconjugal relations, inter-caste relations, localized patrilineages and patron-client agrarian relations.