Harrison, Abigail. Life histories, reproductive histories: rural South African women's narratives of fertility, reproductive health and illness

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Life histories, reproductive histories: rural South African women's narratives of fertility, reproductive health and illness

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of southern African studies -- Vol. 27, no. 2

Published By: Original publisher Journal of southern African studies -- Vol. 27, no. 2 [London]: Oxford University Press. 2001. 311-328 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Abigail Harrison and Elizabeth Montgomery

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Zulu (FX20)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Interviewing in research (124); Basis of marriage (581); Mode of marriage (583); Parents-in-law and children-in-law (606); Preventive medicine (751); Conception (842); Pregnancy (843); Childbirth (844); Illegitimacy (848); Gender roles and issues (890);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Qualitative research in the field of reproductive health is important in elucidating an understanding of women's roles in both social and biological reproduction, and in gaining access to women's perception of their own health problems. In this study the authors examine rural Zulu women's perspectives on reproductive health and fertility as part of their life histories, and assessed knowledge of reproductive health and related practices. Findings indicate that, in spite of recent declines in fertility in South Africa, child bearing remains the princiiipal form of self-expression among older Zulu women, with fertility a necessary step toward achieving social status as a woman. This status, however, does not confer autonomy or power on women, but rather serves as a means of meeting social expectations (p. 311).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 50

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fx20-050

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Medical Personnel-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2004

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca.1990s

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Zulu (African people)

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