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The Social Context of Breast Ironing in Cameroon
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4505-1683
2016 (English)In: Athens Journal of Health, E-ISSN 2241-8229, Vol. 3, no 4, 335-360 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this ethnographic study is to explore the confluence of social factors and the social context underpinning the pervasive practice of breast ironing in Cameroon. An analysis of qualitative data revealed that the social phenomenon of breast ironing is a disciplinary technique meant to conserve the social body politic and to ensure the wellbeing of the girl child. In the wake of the moral paranoia caused by the exponential increase in the infection rate of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, high rates of under-aged pregnancy and school drop-outs, the traditional mechanism of breast massage has been reinterpreted as a governmental rationale. The study recommends womenʼs empowerment through the provision of health enhancement interventions, holistic needs-based approach to womenʼs human rights including unfettered right to education, the provision of a youth friendly contraceptive service, as well as the integration of comprehensive sex education at various levels of the secondary school curriculum.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 2016. Vol. 3, no 4, 335-360 p.
Keyword [en]
Breast ironing, HIV/AIDS, Reproductive health, Under-aged pregnancy, Womenʼs health
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Nursing Human Geography
Research subject
Economy, Cultural Economy; Health and Caring Sciences; Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61723OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61723DiVA: diva2:1084620
Available from: 2017-03-26 Created: 2017-03-26 Last updated: 2017-03-27Bibliographically approved

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