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Available Motherhood: Legal technologies, `state of exception' and the dekinning of `war-babies' in Bangladesh.

Mookherjee, Nayanika (2007) Available Motherhood: Legal technologies, `state of exception' and the dekinning of `war-babies' in Bangladesh. Childhood, 14 (3). pp. 339-354. ISSN 1461-7013

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Abstract

This article takes an ethnographical approach to explore the `state of exception' through which legal technologies of abortion and adoption of `war-babies' (children born as a result of wartime rapes) in the Bangladesh war enabled the dekinning and elimination of certain childhoods while the raped women were rekinned within legitimate heterosexual motherhoods. The role of the law in guaranteeing an erasure of blood relations ensured the regulation and availability of women's reproductive capacity and the categorization of the child by the state. Through this process, the Bangladeshi family planning programme was institutionalized, in the context of bilateral foreign aid relating to population control.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Childhood
Uncontrolled Keywords: abortion • adoption • Bangladesh • law • motherhood • `state of exception' • `war-babies'
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 28436
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2009 15:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:47
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28436

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