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Sugar and Tension

Diabetes and Gender in Modern India

Lesley Jo Weaver (author)

ISBN: 9781978803015

Publication Date: Dec 2018

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Women in North India are socialized to care for others, so what do they do when they get a disease like diabetes that requires intensive self-care? In Sugar and Tension, Lesley Jo Weaver uses women's experiences with diabetes in New Delhi as a lens to explore how gendered roles and expectations are taking shape in contemporary India.
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Women in North India are socialized to care for others, so what do they do when they get a disease like diabetes that requires intensive self-care? In Sugar and Tension, Lesley Jo Weaver uses women's experiences with diabetes in New Delhi as a lens to explore how gendered roles and expectations are taking shape in contemporary India. Weaver argues that although women's domestic care of others may be at odds with the self-care mandates of biomedically-managed diabetes, these roles nevertheless do important cultural work that may buffer women's mental and physical health by fostering social belonging. Weaver describes how women negotiate the many responsibilities in their lives when chronic disease is at stake. As women weigh their options, the choices they make raise questions about whose priorities should count in domestic, health, and family worlds. The varied experiences of women illustrate that there are many routes to living well or poorly with diabetes, and these are not always the ones canonized in biomedical models of diabetes management.
Illustrations 3 black & white illustrations, 3 tables
Pages 202
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 18
Date Published 30 Dec 2018
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Medical Anthropology
Subject/s Diseases & disorders   Gender studies, gender groups   Endocrinology   Diabetes   Social & cultural anthropology   Public health & preventive medicine   Illness & addiction: social aspects   Medical anthropology  
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: Opening a Window on Diabetes Experience
  • Chapter 2: Seeking Modern India
  • Chapter 3: Balance: The Moral and Practical Work of Diabetes Management
  • Chapter 4: Tension: Diabetes, Distress, and Mental Health
  • Chapter 5: Sacrifice: Domesticity and Care Among Women with Diabetes
  • Chapter 6: Resilience: Living Well with Diabetes
  • Chapter 7: Conclusions: Diabetes as Life
  • Appendix
  • References
  • Index
Lesley Jo Weaver is an assistant professor of medical anthropology in the department of international studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

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