Women’s Literacy and Reproductive Health: An ethnographic study of women attending a day hospital in the Western Cape

“This research project explores the relationship between women’s literacy and
reproductive health care practices within a specific setting, the Hout Bay Day Hospital and its environs. In this introductory chapter, I shall outline my construction of the research object. This study began as an analysis of literacy practices amongst women attending the Hout Bay Day Hospital, the manner in which these practices intersected with the dominant discourses of medicine and its attendant technologies, and how they were socially constructed and interpreted.”