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Seminar Series: Monica Das Gupta, Sociology

The Collapse of Communism and Rise in Discrimination Against Girls: Evidence from the South Caucus Region
When Oct 05, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Luciana Assini-Meytin
Esha Chatterjee
Philip Cohen
Emilia Guevara
Joan Kahn
Patricio Korzenewicz
Soohyung Lee
Zhiyong Lin
Marian MacDorman
Daniela Marshall
Liana Sayer
Fatima Zahra
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About the Talk

As Communist economic structures were replaced by market economies in the South Caucasus region there was a sharp rise in the numbers of boys relative to girls. Parents sought to have sons rather than daughters.

This paper discusses the underlying reasons for son preference in the region; the factors helping suppress this preference under the Communist regime; and the factors making for its resumption with the collapse of the USSR. Parallels with the experience in China are discussed.

About the Speaker

 Monica Das Gupta

Monica Das Gupta is an anthropologist and demographer whose work deals with various aspects of population, poverty, and development. Starting with extensive village-level research, she worked on child health, including an apparent tendency for child deaths to cluster in a few households; the community-level factors that encourage circular migration; and the ways in which communities respond to population pressure. Building on this field experience, she has studied how family systems shape the life chances of different categories of household members - including studying the causes and consequences of gender differentials in health outcomes in Asia and the household regulation of marriage and childbearing. More recently, she has also worked on public goods in health, focusing on public health systems to reduce a population’s exposure to disease. This has included studying the institutional design of successful models of low-cost preventive public health systems in South Asia and other developing countries.

She is currently working on the implications of China’s upcoming marriage squeeze for the social protection needs of future aging bachelors; the organization of preventive public health services in Sri Lanka; and a review of the literature on population, poverty, and sustainable development.

Visit Professor Das Gupta's webpage

Please note that, at the present time, Morrill Hall is not accessible for handicapped individuals.

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