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A feature of family life in many cultures and throughout history has been preference for sons over daughters. This article describes a workshop with traditional midwives in Bihar, which explored the underlying power structures in families and the community which lead to son preference in general, and infanticide of female children in particular. Strategies for combating female infanticide are examined and lessons drawn from this experience.

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10.1080/741922015

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