Post-conflit guatémaltèque et planification familiale médicalisée des femmes indigènes

TitlePost-conflit guatémaltèque et planification familiale médicalisée des femmes indigènes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsGarcia, Anaïs
JournalNuevo Mundo Mundos Nuevos
VolumeColloques | 2015
Date Published12/2015

In recent years in post-confict Guatemala, the sterilisation of women has increased, especially among indigenous populations. Some of these women are not aware of its irreversible aspect, its side effects or the existence of other contraceptive methods. Health institutions and their staff believe that indigenous patients do not fully understand the social and sanitary aspects of reproduction, and therefore deemed them to be unable to make "correct” decisions, because of their “culture”, which is considered to be irrational, male chauvinistic, etc. They try to influence their patients' decisions to be in accordance with a predefined procreative norm. This procreative norm is directly connected to the demands of International Aid Organizations and is inspired by a neo-malthusian doctrine. An intersectional analysis allows the author to interpret social practices, representations, and discourses related to family planning. It thus brings better understanding concerning the relations established between institutions, providers, patients and communities, in a country where sexual violence and a will to control female bodies have been inflicted on indigenous Maya women both in the past and the present. [Author]

Translated TitleGuatemalan Post-conflict and Medical Family Planning of Indigenous Women
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