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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415921091
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Helena Ragone is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Massachussetts in Boston. She is co-editor of Situated Lives: Gender and Culture in Everyday Life (Routledge, 1997). France Winddance Twine is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Associate Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Table of Contents

About the Contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Motherhood on the Fault Lines 1
Ideologies of Motherhood and Kinship in U.S. Adoption 11
Of Likeness and Difference: How Race Is Being Transfigured by Gestational Surrogacy 56
Bearing Blackness in Britain: The Meaning of Racial Difference for White Birth Mothers of African-Descent Children 76
Baby Things as Fetishes? Memorial Goods, Simulacra, and the "Realness" Problem of Pregnancy Loss 111
Missing Motherhood: Infertility, Technology, and Poverty in Egyptian Women's Lives 139
"Real Motherhood," Class, and Children with Disabilities 169
Nonbiological Mothers and the Legal Boundaries of Motherhood: An Analysis of California Law 191
Uno hace cualquier cosa por los hijos: Motherwork and Politics in Sandinista Nicaragua 233
Mythical Mothers and Dichotomies of Good and Evil: Homeless Mothers in the United States 263
Afterword 295
Bibliography 298
Index 325
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