Into Our Own Hands / Edition 1

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Overview

"In Into Our Own Hands, Sandra Morgen shows us, not just how the women's health movement started, but how it weathered adversity. This book is important reading for everyone who cares about the future of women's health as defined by women themselves." --Cynthia A. Pearson, executive director, National Women's Health Network
"This is an analytically sophisticated and engaging contribution to our understanding of the feminist health movement."--Karen Brodkin, professor of anthropology and women's studies, UCLA
Recent history has witnessed a revolution in women's health care. Beginning in the late 1960s, women in communities across the United States challenged medical and male control over women's health. Few people today realize the extent to which these grassroots efforts shifted power and responsibility from the medical establishment into women's own hands as health care consumers, providers, and advocates.
Into Our Own Hands traces the women's health care movement in the United States. Richly documented, this study is based on more than a decade of research, including interviews with leading activists; documentary material from feminist health clinics and advocacy organizations; a survey of women's health movement organizations in the early 1990s; and ethnographic fieldwork. Sandra Morgen focuses on the clinics born from this movement, as well as how the movement's encounters with organized medicine, the state, and ascendant neoconservative and neoliberal political forces in the 1970s to the 1980s shaped the confrontations and accomplishments in women's health care. The book also explores the impact of political struggles over race and class within the movement organizations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813530710
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,277,720
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Pt. I In the Beginning
1 Conceiving History 3
2 Foundational Stories and Movement Making 16
3 On Their Own: Women of Color and the Women's Health Movement 41
4 Into Our Own Hands: Feminist Health Clinics as Feminist Practice 70
Pt. II The Politics of Change in Women's Health Movement Organizations
5 Against the Odds: Patterns of Organizational Change in Feminist Clinics in the 1970s and 1980s 109
6 The Changer and the Changed: The Women's Health Movement, Doctors, and Organized Medicine 120
7 Neither Friend nor Foe: The State, the Movement, and the Changing Political Landscape 153
8 The Three Rs: Reagan, Retrenchment, and Operation Rescue in the 1980s 181
9 The Politics of Race and Class: Dreams of Diversity, Dilemmas of Difference 206
Afterword: The Movement in the 1990s: Accomplishments and Continuing Challenges 232
App. 1 Persons Interviewed 239
App. 2 Clinics and Organizations Surveyed 241
Notes 243
References 253
Index 273
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