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Despite technical and legal innovations for certain groups’ reproduction, many people’s reproductive concerns and choices remain disparaged or unsupported. We call this assemblage ‘reproductive abandonment’ and present aspects of these conditions in this special issue. ‘Abandonment’ highlights...
Maubisse, a central mountain town in Timor-Leste, has the highest fertility rate in the country, yet people there describe the land as ‘empty’ and the population as ‘reduced’ due to decades of conflict. As people rebuild houses and family relations, they talk about replenishing life and ‘fixing’...
This article focuses on the impacts of colonialism on Kamoro reproduction and sexuality. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Mimika regency, we show how colonial interventions directly and indirectly changed systems, practices and norms that guided Kamoro sexuality and reproduction. We see this as...
Women’s infertility is an invisible problem in Vanuatu. Assisted reproductive technologies are non-existent. State, medical and NGO actors all promote small families, reflecting global anxieties about population growth and climate change, making infertility conveniently forgettable. Narratives...
Drawing on ethnographic research and interviews with women in Imbonggu (Southern Highlands Province), this article explores contemporary cultural beliefs and health practices, including health-seeking experiences. We show that contrary to some expectations, women do believe in biomedicine and...
Drawing on ethnographic research and interviews with 60 urban Indigenous Papuan parents, we investigate how a frontier context shapes childbirth and maternity care. Building on arguments about how medical care may perpetuate violence and inequalities, we show tensions and contestations between...
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