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Son Preference: Sex Selection, Gender and Culture in South Asia

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ISBN-13: 978-1845204686
ISBN-10: 1845204689
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“An accessible and stimulating book for students, academics, and anyone interested in this highly sensitive and contentious issue, Son Preference provides a valuable addition to anthropological and sociological analyses and proposes new directions for ethnographic research.” ―Sunil Khanna, Oregon State University

About the Author

Navtej K. Purewal is Lecturer of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845204689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845204686
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,400,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I assigned this book to my gen.ed sex, gender, culture class. Some students struggled with the theoretical bits, so I complimented the text with films related to the topic including Bend it Like Beckham. But for the most part my students engaged in a lively and fruitful discussion on gender and power in India. I personally enjoyed the personal bit that the author included in her discussion. I could tell that she cared deeply about the issue of Son Preference. I think the book does a very good job of re framing the problem of "female feticide" to point out that this issue also concerns men and the way in which we think about masculinity.
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I got a copy of this to review and see if I might want to adopt it for my class. Advertised as something appropriate for use in intro classes, it is anything but. The writing is flowery and smug. Key concepts are buried under layers of over-the-top prose. The author talks a lot about herself, making Son Preference more of a hagiography than an ethnograpy.
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