Describes and analyses the corollaries of declining fertility in Southern India to discover how familial and gender relations are affected by the new situation of women giving birth only to 2-3 children.
'This study is conceptually sophisticated, descriptively "thick", methodologically self-reflexive, and, on top of that, engagingly written. It is highly recommended to anthropologists of reproduction, social demographers, and india specialists.' - Population and Development Review
'Saavala's work is also important for some of its inadvertent glimpses into the lives of rural women' - Alaka Malwade Basu