Coping with Sex-Selective Abortions in Vietnam: An Ethnographic Study of Selective Reproduction as Emotional Experience

  • Trần Minh Hằng


Adopting a processual and phenomenological approach, this chapter explores the thoughts and feelings of people who undertake sex-selective abortions: what drives them to undergo the abortions and how are abortions experienced? The data was collected between January and December 2009 in an obstetric hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam. The abortion-seeking women had a number of conflicting feelings, going through emotions of guilt, distress, sorrow and relief. Keeping their abortions a secret, the women often received little support from their family, their community and the health care system.


Sex-selective abortion Selective reproduction Emotional experiences Vietnam 


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  • Trần Minh Hằng
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  1. 1.Institute of AnthropologyHanoiVietnam

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