Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America by Sara Dubow | 9780195323436 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America

Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America

by Sara Dubow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195323432

ISBN-13: 9780195323436

Pub. Date: 12/27/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

During the past several decades, the fetus has been diversely represented in political debates, medical textbooks and journals, personal memoirs and autobiographies, museum exhibits and mass media, and civil and criminal law. Ourselves Unborn argues that the meanings people attribute to the fetus are not based simply on biological fact or theological truth, but are

Overview

During the past several decades, the fetus has been diversely represented in political debates, medical textbooks and journals, personal memoirs and autobiographies, museum exhibits and mass media, and civil and criminal law. Ourselves Unborn argues that the meanings people attribute to the fetus are not based simply on biological fact or theological truth, but are in fact strongly influenced by competing definitions of personhood and identity, beliefs about knowledge and authority, and assumptions about gender roles and sexuality. In addition, these meanings can be shaped by dramatic historical change: over the course of the twentieth century, medical and technological changes made fetal development more comprehensible, while political and social changes made the fetus a subject of public controversy. Moreover, since the late nineteenth century, questions about how fetal life develops and should be valued have frequently intersected with debates about the authority of science and religion, and the relationship between the individual and society. In examining the contested history of fetal meanings, Sara Dubow brings a fresh perspective to these vital debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195323436
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/27/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fetal Stories
Ch 1: Discovering Fetal Life, 1870s-1920s
Ch 2: Interpreting Fetal Bodies, 1930s-1970s
Ch 3: Defining Fetal Personhood, 1973-1976
Ch 4: Defending Fetal Rights: 1970s-1990s
Ch 5: Debating Fetal Pain, 1984-2007
Epilogue: Fetal Meanings
Notes
Bibliography

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