Ideologies and Technologies of Motherhood: Race, Class, Sexuality and Nationalism

Ideologies and Technologies of Motherhood: Race, Class, Sexuality and Nationalism

by Helena Ragone
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415921090

ISBN-13: 9780415921091

Pub. Date: 07/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Ideologies and Technologies of Motherhood charts new territory by exploring the notion of motherhood for women of differing classes, races, religions and nations in the light of various strategies and new technologies used to attain motherhood. By examining such topics as transracial adoption, surrogate motherhood, in vitro fertilization, pregnancy loss, and caring

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Ideologies and Technologies of Motherhood charts new territory by exploring the notion of motherhood for women of differing classes, races, religions and nations in the light of various strategies and new technologies used to attain motherhood. By examining such topics as transracial adoption, surrogate motherhood, in vitro fertilization, pregnancy loss, and caring for disabled children, the contributors reveal how race, gender, kinship and personal identity are transformed through the lens of motherhood, and how motherhood itself is being reconfigured across national and cultural contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415921091
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

About the Contributorsix
Forewordxiii
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Introduction: Motherhood on the Fault Lines1
IRacial Ideologies and Racial Realities
1Ideologies of Motherhood and Kinship in U.S. Adoption11
2Of Likeness and Difference: How Race Is Being Transfigured by Gestational Surrogacy56
3Bearing Blackness in Britain: The Meaning of Racial Difference for White Birth Mothers of African-Descent Children76
IINarratives of Personhood
4Baby Things as Fetishes? Memorial Goods, Simulacra, and the "Realness" Problem of Pregnancy Loss111
5Missing Motherhood: Infertility, Technology, and Poverty in Egyptian Women's Lives139
6"Real Motherhood," Class, and Children with Disabilities169
IIIBlurred Boundaries: Legal, Political, and Economic Parameters of Motherhood
7Nonbiological Mothers and the Legal Boundaries of Motherhood: An Analysis of California Law191
8Uno hace cualquier cosa por los hijos: Motherwork and Politics in Sandinista Nicaragua233
9Mythical Mothers and Dichotomies of Good and Evil: Homeless Mothers in the United States263
Afterword295
Bibliography298
Index325

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