BN.com Gift Guide

At Women's Expense / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$23.75
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$18.00
(Save 28%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 92%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $25.76   
  • Used (12) from $1.99   

Overview

Some say the fetus is the "tiniest citizen." If so, then the bodies of women themselves have become political arenas--or, recent cases suggest, battlefields; A cocaine--addicted mother is convicted of drug trafficking through the umbilical cord. Women employees at a battery plant must prove infertility to keep their jobs. A terminally ill woman is forced to undergo a cesarean section. No longer concerned with conception or motherhood, the new politics of fetal rights focuses on fertility and pregnancy itself, on a woman's relationship with the fetus. How exactly, Cynthia Daniels asks, does this affect a woman's rights? Are they different from a man's? And how has the state helped determine the difference? The answers, rigorously pursued throughout this book, give us a clear look into the state's paradoxical role in gender politics--as both a challenger of injustice and an agent of social control.

In benchmark legal cases concerned with forced medical treatment, fetal protectionism in the workplace, and drug and alcohol use and abuse, Daniels shows us state power at work in the struggle between fetal rights and women's rights. These cases raise critical questions about the impact of gender on women's standing as citizens, and about the relationship between state power and gender inequality. Fully appreciating the difficulties of each case, the author probes the subtleties of various positions and their implications for a deeper understanding of how a woman's reproductive capability affects her relationship to state power. In her analysis, the need to defend women's right to self--sovereignty becomes clear, but so does the need to define further the very concepts of self-sovereignty and privacy.

The intensity of the debate over fetal rights suggests the depth of the current gender crisis and the force of the feelings of social dislocation generated by reproductive politics. Breaking through the public mythology that clouds these debates, At Women's Expense makes a hopeful beginning toward liberating woman's body within the body politic.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement

Daniels vividly depicts the darker side of intensified political attention to motherhood and childbirth...[She] deftly exposes flaws in the scientific research supporting fetal-protection policies and points to troubling inconsistencies in the policies themselves.
— Seana Shiffrin

Signs

Three paradigmatic recent court cases pitting the rights of fetuses against those of women focus the book's central chapters…Daniels' careful, chilling analyses of these cases expose the severe threats to women's most basic constitutional rights posed by policies that grant fetuses interests separate from those of the women whose bodies sustain them.
— Judith Stacey

Contemporary Sociology

The strength of [this book], which should make it a classic in the field, is Daniels's use of very dramatic case studies to draw the reader into a complicated theoretical discussion of what is at stake for women's equality and citizenship.
— Wendy Sarvasy

Times Literary Supplement - Seana Shiffrin
Daniels vividly depicts the darker side of intensified political attention to motherhood and childbirth...[She] deftly exposes flaws in the scientific research supporting fetal-protection policies and points to troubling inconsistencies in the policies themselves.
Signs - Judith Stacey
Three paradigmatic recent court cases pitting the rights of fetuses against those of women focus the book's central chapters…Daniels' careful, chilling analyses of these cases expose the severe threats to women's most basic constitutional rights posed by policies that grant fetuses interests separate from those of the women whose bodies sustain them.
Contemporary Sociology - Wendy Sarvasy
The strength of [this book], which should make it a classic in the field, is Daniels's use of very dramatic case studies to draw the reader into a complicated theoretical discussion of what is at stake for women's equality and citizenship.
Isabel Marcus
By virtue of its subject matter and analysis, I think it is fair to say that Daniels's book is one many of us have been waiting for and hoping would be published to meet our intellectual interests and pedagogical needs…Her detailed, thought--provoking analysis and synthesis will be important for serious, sober re-evaluation by social theorists and critics of all stripes (not only feminists) concerned with public policy in the next century.
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Daniels's detailed discussion of cases involving fetal protection versus maternal rights will engage law, and public policy…The book is approachable, written in ordinary English obfuscation and much of the folderol to which we are often treated these days…Daniels's text may prove to be a standard reference work for scholars in years to come.
Times Literary Supplement
Daniels vividly depicts the darker side of intensified political attention to motherhood and childbirth...[She] deftly exposes flaws in the scientific research supporting fetal-protection policies and points to troubling inconsistencies in the policies themselves.
— Seana Shiffrin
Contemporary Sociology
The strength of [this book], which should make it a classic in the field, is Daniels's use of very dramatic case studies to draw the reader into a complicated theoretical discussion of what is at stake for women's equality and citizenship.
— Wendy Sarvasy
Signs
Three paradigmatic recent court cases pitting the rights of fetuses against those of women focus the book's central chapters…Daniels' careful, chilling analyses of these cases expose the severe threats to women's most basic constitutional rights posed by policies that grant fetuses interests separate from those of the women whose bodies sustain them.
— Judith Stacey
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674050440
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia R. Daniels is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fetal Rights, Gender Difference, and Political Power

1. Fetal Animation: The Political and Cultural Emergence of Fetal Rights

2. Bodily Integrity and Forced Medical Treatment: The Case of Angela Carder

3. From Protecting the Woman to Privileging the Fetus: The Case of Johnson Controls

4. The Politics of Vengeance: The Case of Jennifer Johnson

5. Toward a New Body Politics

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)