The Political Geographies of Pregnancy

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Overview

As reproductive power finds its way into the hands of medical professionals, lobbyists, and policymakers, the geographies of pregnancy are shifting, and the boundaries need to be redrawn, argues Laura R. Woliver. Across a politically charged backdrop of reproductive issues, Woliver exposes strategies that claim to uphold the best interests of children, families, and women but in reality complicate women's struggles to have control over their own bodies. Utilizing feminist standpoint theory and promoting a feminist ethic of care, Woliver looks at the ways modern reproductive politics are shaped by long-standing debates on abortion and adoption, surrogacy arrangements, new reproductive technologies, medical surveillance, and the mapping of the human genome.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252075971
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura R. Woliver is a professor of political science and women's studies at the University of South Carolina. She is the author of From Outrage to Action: The Politics of Grass Roots Dissent.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Feminist Praxis, Reproductive Powers, and Medical Models 1
2 New Reproductive Technologies: Medicalizations of Pregnancy, Birth, Reproduction, and Infertility 27
3 The Human Genome Project: Designer Genes 45
4 Abortion Politics: Discourses on Lives 82
5 Adoption and Surrogacy: Children as Commodities, Wombs for Rent 115
6 Social Controls and Reproductive Politics: Punitive Monitoring of Pregnant Women 136
Conclusion: The Changing Geographies of Motherhood and Reproduction 155
Bibliography 171
Index 225
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