A Critical Anthropology of SRHR Development in Bangladesh

By: Rahil Roodsaz  

This paper engages with the politics of sex education as promoted through international aid and development. Probing this field of intervention reveals not only strong reiterations of modernist linear thinking and colonial continuities but also provides insights in the complexities of the reception and vernacularization of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Conceiving the international development context as an arena of collision and concession made to the demands of the hegemonic order as well as of strategic and creative translation and subversion, I will make a case for a critical anthropology of sexuality in international aid and development interventions. Focusing on a project to promote sex education in Bangladesh financed by Dutch agencies, the need for situating this intervention within specific transnational and local web of power relations will be argued. Furthermore, drawing inspiration from anticolonial feminist scholarship to move beyond deconstruction, a critical anthropological approach will be proposed to enable a more inclusive, politically-sensitive and ethical conversation about sexuality and development.

Critical Anthropology, Development
Civic, Political, and Community Studies
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Rahil Roodsaz

Postdoc, Gender and Diversity Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Netherlands
-, Netherlands

I am a postdoctoral researcher in Gender and Diversity Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Neherlands. My field of interests includes sexuality, gender, sex education, international development, migration and subjectivity, using decolonial, post-secular and queer perspectives.