Sexuality, Sexual Behaviour and Reproductive Health: Social Science Perspectives
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About the Book :
This book on Sexuality, Sexual Behaviour and Reproductive Health documents the research studies undertaken by Ford Foundation small grant awardees under the capacity development programme for social science research on these areas, in the context of risk of pandemic of HIV-AIDS.
The book presents eighteen field based studies classified in three sections: Sexuality and Sexual Behaviour; Gender and Sexuality, and Reproductive Health. Besides, emphasis is given on studies about adolescent sex behaviour in tribal, rural and urban centres; visitors and migrants to urban centres, risky sexual behaviour; life of traditional female sex workers, and those residing in the brothels. Range of awareness and practices to prevent sexually transmitted morbidity has been documented. Reproductive practices of urban high caste reference groups have been studied. In contrast, the concepts and practices of tribal youth, who are believed to be following the natural instincts with better gender equality have been presented. Probably, the reproductive health issues of brothel based sex workers have been studied first time.
The book presents field based data from Maharashtra, Gujrat and Rajasthan. The book could be used for undertaking similar studies elsewhere. The studies on plurality and diversity of sexually related issues would provide insights for policy planning and implementation, to prevent sexual morbidities.
About Author :
R.K. Mutatkar as a student of Prof. S.C. Dube, worked with Prof. Irawati Karve for ten years till she passed away in 1970. He was first Head of the Department of Anthropology, and first Professor-Director of the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Poona (now Savitribai Phule Pune University). He pioneered teaching of Medical Anthropology in India in 1974. He Chaired UGC Panel on Anthropology and Curriculum Development Committee which produced model anthropology curriculum for UGC in 2001. He has been Chairman of Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA).
He established an academic institution, 'The Maharashtra Association of Anthropological Sciences' in 1976, and is the patron of 'Society for Indian Medical Anthropology'. Prof. Mutatkar initiated research on social aspects of Leprosy at WHO, Geneva in 1981. He chaired the first working group on AYUSH in Public Health for the XI Five Year Plan. He chaired the first Scientific Advisory Group of the Social-Behavioural Research Division at the ICMR. He has been a recipient of Tagore National Scholarship bestowed by Ministry of Culture (GoI), affiliated to Anthropological Survey of India.
Prof. Mutatkar has been honoured with 'International Gandhi Award for Leprosy' by Hon. Vice President of India as Chairman of International Jury Board and 'Adiwasi Sevak Puraskar' by Governor of Maharashtra.
His books "AYUSH in Public Health" (2 Volumes) (2016) "Tribal Health and Malnutrition" (2018) and "Sexuality and Sexual Behaviour—Social Science Perspectives" (2019) have been published by Concept Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
Aarti Nagarkar is an anthropologist and currently the Director in-charge of the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University. With twenty years of teaching and research experience, she has been working on reproductive health issues, especially translation research, in the field of women's health from the perspective of public health. She also works in the area of geriatrics and longevity and has developed curriculum on Gerontology. She has been closely associated with the capacity building programe on Sexuality, Sexual Behaviour and Reproductive Health at the School of Health Sciences.