Soc Sci Med: Family planning in Pakistan: A site of resistance

5 May, 2019

(with thanks to Maternal Health Task Force)

Family planning in Pakistan: A site of resistance

Social Science & Medicine: Using a critical ethnographic approach, researchers conducted 242 observations of daily life, 109 informal and 197 in-depth interviews focused on unpacking family planning decision-making with 41 women and 35 men living in a village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. For these respondents, resisting family planning and its ideology was a means to resist the perceived violence inflicted by the West and the complicity of the Pakistani government.

CITATION: Soc Sci Med. 2019 Apr 17;230:158-165. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.04.021. [Epub ahead of print]

Family planning in Pakistan: A site of resistance.

Ataullahjan A, Mumtaz Z, Vallianatos H. [the full text is restricted-access]


- Citizens' suspect motives underlying Pakistan's family planning program.

- Respondents' believe Western support for family planning confirms hidden agenda

- Government officials' corruption has fractured respondents' trust in the state

- Skepticism fuelled by misalignment between program and people's priorities

- Need to address the link between geopolitics and distrust of family planning.


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