Social Relationships and the Production of Wellbeing: An ethnographic examination of women’s health in urban India

Claire Snell-Rood (Assistant Professor in Health and Social Behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley)

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Drawing on 14 months of research in one Delhi slum community, Snell-Rood describes women’s perspectives on the techniques used to navigate the social relationships critical to their health–with family, neighbors, politicians, and the environment. Women intertwined spiritual values of asceticism and endurance with the values of mobility and citizenship endemic in contemporary urban India, re-interpreting the priorities that both biomedicine and social scientific experts have elaborated.