Using the spirit of this concept if not the accompanying anthropological methodology, legal scholars could usefully examine claims by women migrant workers that are based on the same "sense of entitlement" IRRRAG
discusses, but which have progressed beyond their earliest stage and are now promoted as rights by women migrants and their advocates.
* By Dr Radhika Ramasubban, Research Consultant, IRRRAG
, and Director, Centre for Social and Technological Change, Bandstand Apts, B.J.
While Negotiating Reproductive Rights includes only brief hints of the conceptual disagreements among its researchers (a separate publication on these issues is about to appear from IRRRAG
), it does address head-on one of the main dilemmas of research of this nature, which seeks to be "transformative" and not simply "descriptive." As Petchesky puts it in an introductory chapter, "What if women's voices tell us things we would rather not hear, or simply cannot hear - because they express values and priorities that are different from those we espouse?"
Report of the IRRRAG
meeting on "Investigating the Role of Men in Women's Reproductive & Sexual Health", 25-29 March 2002 at Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.