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Nancy Luke - "Power and Priorities: Gender, Caste, and Household Bargaining in India"

Wed, February 8, 2012 • 12:00 PM • BUR 214

Nancy Luke, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University

Dr. Luke is a social demographer whose research focuses on the role that social relationships play in shaping health and development outcomes in developing countries.  In particular, she studies the exchange of resources within familial relationships, including bargaining between spouses over the allocation of household resources in India and the exchange of psychosocial and economic support between migrant children and their families of origin in Kenya.  With respect to nonfamilial relationships, she examines the exchange of money and gifts within nonmarital sexual partnerships (often referred to as “transactional sex”) in sub-Saharan Africa.  Dr. Luke’s recent work concerns important health issues, such as sexual behavior and HIV risk, marital violence, son preference, and child nutrition.

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