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“Hay que cuidarse”: family planning, development, and the informal sector in Quito, Ecuador

Radomski, Julia (2014) “Hay que cuidarse”: family planning, development, and the informal sector in Quito, Ecuador. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This paper is based on interviews conducted with mothers working in the informal sector of Quito, Ecuador and their perceptions of the costs and benefits of having children. Addressing high fertility rates is a stated priority of the Ecuadorian government as well as various large international organizations and NGOs operating in the country. I investigated how these organizations relate to poor urban women, and the responses mothers had to service providers’ methods and messages. I linked family planning rhetoric with women’s interview responses, emphasizing points of tension and negotiation. I focused particularly on the relationship between informal labor, domesticity, and fertility, as well as the social importance of maternity and the traditional nuclear family unit as a “building block” of Ecuadorian society.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFrayda, Cohenfrcst5@pitt.eduFRCST5
Committee MemberSanabria, Harrysanabria@pitt.eduSANABRIA
Committee MemberTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberLind,
Date: 23 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 March 2014
Approval Date: 23 April 2014
Submission Date: 10 April 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 104
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: family planning, development, Quito, Ecuador, cultural anthropology, economics, informal sector, motherhood, family size, contraception
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2014 20:04
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:19


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