Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America / Edition 1

Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America / Edition 1

by Rayna Rapp, Rapp Rayna
     
 

Rich with the voices and stories of participants, these touching, firsthand accounts examine how women of diverse racial, ethnic, class and religious backgrounds perceive prenatal testing, the most prevalent and routinized of the new reproducing technologies. Based on the author's decade of research and her own personal experiences with amniocentesis, Testing

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Rich with the voices and stories of participants, these touching, firsthand accounts examine how women of diverse racial, ethnic, class and religious backgrounds perceive prenatal testing, the most prevalent and routinized of the new reproducing technologies. Based on the author's decade of research and her own personal experiences with amniocentesis, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus explores the "geneticization" of family life in all its complexity and diversity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415916455
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Series:
Anthropology of Everyday Life Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1How Methodology Bleeds into Daily Life1
2Accounting for Amniocentesis23
3The Communication of Risk53
4Contested Conceptions and Misconceptions78
5Waiting and Watching103
6The Disabled Fetal Imaginary129
7Refusing165
8Culturing Chromosomes, or What's in the Soup191
9An Error in Cell Division, or The Power of Positive Diagnosis220
10The Unexpected Baby263
11Endings Are Really Beginnings304
Notes319
References330
Permissions353
Index354

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