Generation and Reproductive Health in Newfoundland

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 6:30 PM
Room: 302
Oral Presentation
Marilyn PORTER , Memorial University, Canada
This paper presents a linking piece between a comparative study of the Reproductive Health Lives of women in three countries (Canada, Pakistan and Indonesia) and the proposed study on how gender is negotiated between generations in transnational families. In this paper I look at the particular experience of negotiating ideas about sex and reproductive health between three generations of families in the province of Newfoundland in Canada. The oldest grandmother  participant was born in 1910 and the youngest granddaughter in the mid 1980s, which provides a broad historical perspective to their experiences. More interesting is how the grandmothers, mothers, daughters and granddaughters negotiated their changing needs and opportunities andhow they balanced tradition, duty, affection and innovation.