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Documents that matter: Sterilization paperwork in rural India

Lukšaitė, E

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Female sterilization, or tubal ligation, is the most prevalent form of contraception in rural India. The paperwork that surrounds this procedure provides an interesting lens to investigate the state, its institutions, and their material conditions. The production and circulation of this paperwork uncover the state as an illegible and unpredictable entity that materializes in people’s everyday lives through bureaucratically futile certificates. In this article, I look at sterilization paperwork as a tool to tell stories about the state and its institutions in the context of seeking and undergoing tubal ligation in a government facility in rural India.

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Lukšaitė, E. (2022). Documents that matter: Sterilization paperwork in rural India. Anthropology Today, 38(5), 9-12. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12752

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 12, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2022
Publication Date Oct 1, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2023
Journal Anthropology Today
Print ISSN 0268-540X
Electronic ISSN 1467-8322
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 5
Pages 9-12
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12752
Publisher URL https://rai.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8322.12752

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