Rozemarijn Dereuddre

About Rozemarijn Dereuddre

Rozemarijn Dereuddre is a PhD student in Sociology, at Ghent University (Belgium). Her research project focuses on contraceptive behavior in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. Cross-national comparisons are made with specific focus on couple dynamics and gender stratification.

Contraception as a Rational Choice or Social Practice?

Couples’ fertility control is most often perceived as a rational decision-making process, thereby assuming that people – and women in particular – who want to prevent conception will rely on the most effective method available. Accordingly, it is argued that the introduction of hormonal methods in advanced economies was paralleled by a linear transition from irrational ineffective methods to rational effective ones.

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