Global debates, local dilemmas


Sex-selective abortion has been the subject of vigorous debate around the world, as Elouise Ball reports.

While the ethical implications and consequences of sex-selective abortion have been intensely debated within the field of bioethics and feminism, anthropological contributions to these debates have been surprisingly limited.

Global Debates and Local Dilemmas explores sex-selective abortion rates in Vietnam and follows the lives of women who have undertaken sex-selective abortions.It is the first ethnography to document practices of sex selection in Vietnam.

The author introduces readers to the experiences of these Vietnamese women who realised the need to have sons, most often under family and/or social pressures, through undergoing sex-selective abortion.