Cyborg Babies: From Techno-Sex to Techno-Tots

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415916035
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbie Davis-Floyd is a Research Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992) and co-editor of Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (1997). Joseph Dumit is an NIMH Research Fellow in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the co-editor of Cyborgs and Citadels: Anthropological Interventions in Emerging Sciences, Technologies and Medicines (1997) and is assistant editor of Culture, Medicine and Society.

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Table of Contents

Joseph Dumit and Robbie Davis-Floyd -- Introduction:

Cyborg Babies: Children of the Third Millenium


One Matthew Schmidt and Lisa Jean Moore -- Constructing a "Good Catch," Picking a


The Development of Technosemen and the Deconstruction of the Monolithic Male

Two Charis M. Cussins -- "Quit Sniveling, Cryo-Baby. We'll Work Out Which One's Your Mama!"

Three Steven Mentor -- Witches, Nurses, Midwives, and


IVF, ART, and Complex Agency in the World of Technobirth

Four Janet Isaacs Ashford -- Natural Love


Five Lisa M. Mitchell and Eugenia Georges -- Baby's First Picture

The Cyborg Fetus

of Ultrasound Imaging

Six Emily Martin -- The Fetus as Intruder

Mother's Bodies and Medical Metaphors

Seven Rayna Rapp -- Refusing Prenatal Diagnosis

The Uneven Meanings of Bioscience in a Multicultural World

Eight David B.

Chamberlain -- Babies Don't Feel Pain

A Century of Denial in Medicine


Nine Elizabeth F. S. Roberts -- "Native" Narratives of Connectedness

Surrogate Motherhood and


Ten Joseph Dumit with Sylvia Sensiper -- Living with the "Truths" of DES

Toward an Anthropology of Facts

Eleven Elizabeth Cartwright -- The Logic of Heartbeats

Electronic Fetal Monitoring and Biomedically Constructed


Twelve Robbie Davis-Floyd -- From Technobirth to Cyborg Babies

Reflections on the Emergent Discourse of a Holistic Anthropologist


Thirteen Jennifer L. Croissant -- Growing Up Cyborg

Developmental Stories for Postmodern Children

Fourteen Mizuko Ito -- Inhabiting Multiple Worlds

Making Sense of SimCity 2000 in the Fifth Dimension

Fifteen Sherry Turkle -- Cyborg Babies and Cy-Dough-Plasm

Ideas about Self and Life

in the Culture of Simulation

Sixteen Anne Hill -- Children of Metis: Beyond Zeus the Creator

Paganism and the Possibilities for Embodied Cyborg Childraising

teaching and will be indispensable reading for scholars in the many fields upon which it touches (Medical Anthropology Quarterly, December 1999)

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