Life Choices for Women and Men: <i>The Bounded Realities of Reproduction</i>

Merry Isaacs White

in Perfectly Japanese

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780520217546
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936591 | DOI:
Life Choices for Women and Men: The Bounded Realities of Reproduction

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This chapter discusses life choices for women and men over contraception and birth control. One of the factors that women consider in the “choice” to marry and to have children is the management of a family. It encompasses the organization of family around the demands and resources of institutions outside the home such as workplace needs, schooling imperatives, and the limits of social services for dependent family members. Women are the managers, carrying out research on schools, hospitals, and nursing care and they are the ones who provide filial care of the elderly and, now, economic support. And their birth control choices as married women in the future remain to be seen. The social units relevant to a woman or man or child may be smaller now than in the prewar period, or even in the immediate postwar years, yet the shift in scale does not necessarily enhance the choices of individuals and families.

Keywords: choices; family management; birth control; women; filial care

Chapter.  13254 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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