MCDB 150 - Lecture 15 - Female Disadvantage

Lecture 15 - Female Disadvantage

Overview

In East and South Asia there are many more boys than girls. Previously, this resulted from female infanticide, now it is sex-selective abortion. In those cultures, girls generally marry out of the family as teenagers and thus provide no benefit for the family that raised them. Bangladesh is agriculturally very rich, but its population is so dense that per capita income is one of the lowest in Asia. Despite the poverty, an excellent family planning program has greatly reduced fertility.

Resources

Assignment

Repetto, "Second India Revisited..."

Weaver, "Gandhi's Daughters."

Jehl, "Arab Honor's Price: A Woman's Blood."

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