Centre for Social Science and Global Health

"Passing children" and precarious pathways: on the contingency of reproductive life courses in Cameroon.

This article by Erica van Sijpt explores the implications of reproductive mishaps for the life courses of women in eastern Cameroon.

Based on 15 months of anthropological fieldwork in a Gbigbil village, it describes local ideas about the expected unfolding of physical and social life trajectories, and the ways in which reproductive losses jeopardize these anticipated pathways. 

Publication details

“Passing children” and precarious pathways: on the contingency of reproductive life courses in Cameroon
Erica Van Der Sijpt
Human Fertility 2014 17:3, 192-196  

15 November 2016