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Ethnocultural analysis of abortion and contraception The cases of Turkey and selected Asian states
Authors: Alanur Cavlin Bozbeyoglu, and Banu Akhad Ergocmen
Source: Turkish Journal of Population Studies, vol. 32-33, pages 63-82
Topic(s): Abortion
Country: Asia
  Multiple Asian Countries
  Kyrgyz Republic
Published: FEB 2010
Abstract: This study explores the importance of ethno-cultural variation in the process of fertility regulation by using data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) from four selected countries. The purpose of the study is twofold: to establish the necessity of including cultural emphasis in demographic analyses and to analyze ethno-cultural variation through quantitative data. This study focuses on Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan due to their frequent practice and early legalization of abortion, in spite of their predominately Muslim and multi-ethnic populations. Kazakhstan DHS 1999; Kyrgyzstan DHS 1997; Uzbekistan DHS 2002; and Turkey DHS 2003 are used to generate separate variables within the categories of three different ethno-cultural groups, based on mother tongue, language used for communication, religion, and ethnicity. Analyses of ethno-cultural groups, by conventional indicators of abortion and contraceptive use show that DHS data can be of use for an ethno-cultural analysis.