The Politics of Reproduction in Ottoman Society, 1838-1900

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The Politics of Reproduction in Ottoman Society, 1838-1900

Format:  Hardcover,

180 pages

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co

Publish Date: Jun 2013

ISBN-13: 9781848933255

ISBN-10: 1848933258

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Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co
Publish Date: Jun 2013
ISBN-13: 9781848933255
ISBN-10: 1848933258
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 180
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Historicizing the Scholarship: Besim mer and the Foundations of Writing the History of Midwifery and Childbirth
Transformation and Professionalization of Midwifery
The Criminalization of Abortion and the Politicization of Reproduction
Medicalization of Pregnancy and Childbirth and the Discipline of the Female Body
Conclusion: Gendering Nineteenth-Century Ottoman History

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Epidemics, migration and territorial losses led to population decline in early nineteenth-century Turkey. In response, Ottoman elites began a programme of population growth, based on increased birth rate and reduced infant mortality. Three policies were initiated to achieve this: the professionalization of midwives, a ban on abortion and greater medical care during pregnancy. Balsoy uses previously untapped archival sources to examine these developments, arguing that these changes caused reproduction to become a political experience.

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