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Barnard College

Publication Date

Fall 2016

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Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change


In this paper, I will examine infertility in Bali in a socioreligious context. I will use background research and interviews with infertile women and couples to draw connections between the customs, rituals, and traditions of Bali and the way people experience infertility. I hope to illuminate how Balinese religion and social structures affect the lived experiences of couples who cannot have children, both positively, negatively, and neutrally. Overall, my study aims to generate better understanding of the specificity of life in Bali for those who are unable to have children.


Asian Studies | Community-Based Research | Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology of Culture | Sociology of Religion


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