‘Bordering’ Life: denying the right to live before being born

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Tiwari, M. 2019. ‘Bordering’ Life: denying the right to live before being born. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal. 4 (4-5), pp. 271-287. https://doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2019.1682947
AuthorsTiwari, M.
Abstract

This study pushes the boundaries of the border thinking discourse to examine grassroots perceptions of foeticide together with how women are valued in a society that is underpinned by preference for a male child. Using a bordering conceptual framework, the paper re-visits the female positionality within epistemic locations of culture and societal values in both colonial and the modern Indian context. Grounded in primary research in the state of Haryana that exhibits lowest female to male ratio at birth in the country, the analyses indicate rigid or at best sluggish movements in social norms as the key driver for India’s declining sex ratio. The border thinking discourse further enables to situate the different aspects of female positionality and gender perceptions in the society into the specific domains of the bordering conceptual framework. This offers a novel approach to engage with social norms that border life and opportunities for females in the society.

KeywordsBordering; foeticide; sex ratio; gender norms; colonial and post-colonial gender perspective; India
JournalThird World Thematics: A TWQ Journal
Journal citation4 (4-5), pp. 271-287
ISSN2379-9978
2380-2014
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2019.1682947
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23802014.2019.1682947
Publication dates
Online06 Dec 2019
Publication process dates
Accepted17 Oct 2019
Deposited02 Mar 2021
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal on 06 December 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23802014.2019.1682947.

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