The social construction of infertility: the case of the matrilineal Nayars in south India.

@article{Neff1994TheSC,
  title={The social construction of infertility: the case of the matrilineal Nayars in south India.},
  author={David L. Neff},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={1994},
  volume={39 4},
  pages={475-85}
}
This paper explores the relationship between central Kerala Nayar social constructions of fertility and gender, and the Nayar institution of matrilineality, one of the most extreme cases of matrilineality documented in the anthropological literature. The article shows that social responsibility and consequence are implicated in central Kerala Nayar constructions of infertility and that these are traced matrilineally. It is the duty of matrilineal kin to attend to the family god of fertility and… CONTINUE READING