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Reproductive Disruptions PDF : Gender, Technology, and Biopolitics in the New Millennium (Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives)

Reproductive Disruptions PDF
Author Marcia C. Inhorn
File size 21 MB
Year 2008
Pages 256
Language English
File format PDF
Category Free Medical Books
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Book Description
After decades of scholarly neglect, the last twenty-five years have witnessed a veritable “explosion” of social science research on human reproduction. Largely as a result of the feminist movement and the entrance of greater numbers of women into the academy, few aspects of the human reproductive life cycle, particularly as it pertains to women, have been left unexamined by social scientists working in a wide variety of cultural settings. The introduction to this volume, entitled “Defining Women’s Health: A Dozen Messages from More than 150 Ethnographies,” provides a thematic summary of this vast body of anthropological literature on reproduction and, more generally, women’s health. In an essay in Public Culture, anthropologists Rayna Rapp and Faye Ginsburg note the “cresting wave” of scholarly and activist interest in reproduction (2001). They identify a dozen recent genealogies of social science research on reproduction. Among these genealogies, they highlight work underscoring the dilemmas of “disrupted repro-duction,” in which the standard linear narrative of conception, birth, and the progress of the next generation is, in some way, interrupted. This present volume is devoted to examining the concept of “dis-rupted reproduction” from a variety of analytic perspectives; the au-thors ask what happens when reproduction is, for one reason or another, problematized. What do reproductive falterings and failures, miscommunications, and outright battles—or the politically and emo-tionally charged contestations taking place in the everyday repro-ductive experiences of women and men around the globe—tell us about the subtleties of culture and power in everyday life? And how is our understanding of so-called “normal” reproduction enhanced…
Table of contents
PrefaceMarcia C. Inhorn, page ix
Introduction: Defining Women’s Health: A Dozen Messages from More than 150 EthnographiesMarcia C. Inhorn, page 1
Appendixpage 35
PART I Reproduction and Disruption: Redefining the Contours of Normalcy
1. The Dialectics of Disruption: Paradoxes of Nature and Professionalism in Contemporary American ChildbearingCaroline H. Bledsoe and Rachel F. Scherrer, page 47
2. Designing a Woman-Centered Health Care Approach to Pregnancy Loss: Lessons from Feminist Models of ChildbirthLinda Layne, page 79
3. Enlarging Reproduction, Screening DisabilityRayna Rapp and Faye Ginsburg, page 98
4. Openness in Adoption: Re-Thinking “Family” in the USHarold D. Grotevant, page 122
PART II Reproduction, Gender, and Biopolitics: Local-Global Intersections and Contestations
5. Can Gender “Equity” in Prenatal Genetic Services Unintentionally Reinforce Male Authority?C. H. Browner, page 147
6. When the Personal is Political: Contested Reproductive Strategies among West African Migrants in FranceCarolyn Sargent, page 165
7. Reproductive Disruptions and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Muslim WorldMarcia C. Inhorn, page 183
8. The Final Disruption? Biopolitics of Post-Reproductive LifeMargaret Lock, page 200
List of Abbreviationspage 225
List of Contributorspage 227
Indexpage 231
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