Colonizing the womb : women, midwifery, and the state in colonial Ghana

dc.contributor.advisorFalola, Toyinen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWalker, Juliet Een
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCharumbira, Ruramisaien
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJones, Omi Osun Joni Len
dc.contributor.committeeMemberObeng, Cecilia Sen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDenbow, James Ren
dc.creatorAmponsah, Nana Akuaen
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-23T16:16:31Zen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-11T22:32:51Z
dc.date.available2017-05-11T22:32:51Z
dc.date.issued2011-12en
dc.date.submittedDecember 2011en
dc.date.updated2013-04-23T16:16:32Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores the British colonial government’s attempt to reconstruct women’s reproductive behaviors in colonial Ghana through the sites of maternal and infant welfare services and western midwifery education. In the early 1920s, the fear that the high maternal and infant mortality rates in the Gold Coast would have repercussive effects on economic productivity caused the colonial government to increasingly subject women’s reproduction to medical scrutiny and institutional care. I argue that female reproduction was selected as a site of intervention because the British colonial government conceived of it as a path of least resistance to social reconstruction, economic security, and political dominance. The five chapters have been designed to analyze colonial reproductive intervention as a socio-economic and political exigency of colonial rule. This dissertation speaks to the fact that cross-culturally, the female body has been politicized through narratives of power, culture, tradition, modernity, race, disempowerment, and empowerment.en
dc.description.departmentHistoryen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/20000en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectWomenen
dc.subjectGenderen
dc.subjectReproductionen
dc.subjectWomben
dc.subjectMidwiferyen
dc.subjectMaternalen
dc.subjectColonialen
dc.subjectWelfareen
dc.subjectIndirect ruleen
dc.subjectChildbirthen
dc.subjectMedicalizationen
dc.subjectHospitalizationen
dc.subjectPoliticizationen
dc.subjectDomiciliaryen
dc.titleColonizing the womb : women, midwifery, and the state in colonial Ghanaen
dc.title.alternativeWomen, midwifery, and the state in colonial Ghanaen

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