Fetal Positions: Individualism, Science, Visuality

Fetal Positions: Individualism, Science, Visuality

by Karen Newman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804726485

ISBN-13: 9780804726481

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: Stanford University Press

This compelling book uses 103 illustrations to argue that modes of visualizing science have profoundly determined "fetal politics" and the contemporary abortion debates. With its close interplay of visual and verbal texts, it traces both the history of fetal images from the sixteenth century onward (including the classic Life magazine photographs by Lennart Nilsson…  See more details below

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This compelling book uses 103 illustrations to argue that modes of visualizing science have profoundly determined "fetal politics" and the contemporary abortion debates. With its close interplay of visual and verbal texts, it traces both the history of fetal images from the sixteenth century onward (including the classic Life magazine photographs by Lennart Nilsson from 1965) and the consequences of how obstetrical and embryological knowledge was represented over time in Europe - to both specialists and the public - as medical knowledge came to be produced and understood through anatomical observation. Fetal Positions demonstrates the importance of history for framing and understanding contemporary political issues, and, by historicizing heterosexuality and reproduction, it contributes to the emerging study of the history of sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804726481
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Series:
Writing Science Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
157
Sales rank:
1,045,603
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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