Do Men Discuss Birth Control? A Social Network Analysis in Bangladesh

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Do Men Discuss Birth Control? A Social Network Analysis in Bangladesh

Bhanu Bhatia

Keywords : birth control, social network analysis, diffusion, Bangladesh

Citation Information : Journal of Social Structure. VOLUME 20 , ISSUE 1 , ISSN (Online) 1529-1227, DOI: 10.21307/joss-2019-002, February 2019

License : (CC-BY-NC-4.0)

Published Online: 27-March-2019

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Family planning programs have made significant contributions to lowering fertility levels in several developing nations. These advances often focus on women as the main agents of population control, ignoring the important role of men. However, in many countries/cultures decisions about fertility are highly embedded in social relationships at all levels, which make it imperative to investigate men’s position in the social structure. This study explores the relationship structures between men in Bangladesh using social network analysis to explore new possibilities for cost-effective healthcare strategies that have more far-reaching effects than the status quo. The results of this research show that men are embedded in unfragmented and diffuse communication structures, formed across age and educational divide, beyond the bounds of kinship relations and village boundaries. Not only do men not shy away from discussion of contraceptives, but also approve and support their use. Men’s networks, thus, provide a potentially rich, but untapped, channel of communication for effectively and efficiently disseminating population control initiatives.

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