Fertility Control in a Risk Society

Analysing Contraception Choice of Urban Elites in India

  • Zakir Husain
  • Mousumi Dutta

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 1-18
  3. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 19-29
  4. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 31-56
  5. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 57-78
  6. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 79-98
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 127-132

About this book


This book analyses the reasons for relying on behavioural contraception methods among urban ‘elites’ in India and examines their efficacy in controlling fertility. It also traces variations in contraception choice over the reproductive cycle of women.

Although researchers and policy makers generally equate reliance on behavioural contraceptive methods with low levels of education and awareness and lack of desire to control fertility, this perception has been questioned in recent years. The authors’ analysis of the first three rounds of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data in India reveals that behavioural contraceptive methods are popular in eastern India. Moreover, it is urban educated women who rely on behavioural methods, and are apparently able to regulate fertility quite effectively with such methods. NFHS data, however, has some limitations and this motivates the authors to explore birth control methods through primary surveys of currently married graduate women in Kolkata.

The use of behavioural contraception methods is a little researched area globally and this is the first book focusing on the topic in India.


Behavioural methods of contraception Contraception choices in affluent households Contraception choices through women’s reproductive cycles Contraception use in urban India Fertility control in India NFHS data Reproductive health in India Urban women and reproductive control Use of behavioural contraception methods in India

Authors and affiliations

  • Zakir Husain
    • 1
  • Mousumi Dutta
    • 2
  1. 1.Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsPresidency UniversityKolkataIndia

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