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Confinements: Fertility and Infertility in Contemporary Culture / Edition 1
     

Confinements: Fertility and Infertility in Contemporary Culture / Edition 1

by Helena Michie, Naomi Cahn
 

ISBN-10: 0813524334

ISBN-13: 9780813524337

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

When a woman in the United States becomes pregnant or tries to become pregnant, she enters a world of information, technology, and expertise. Suddenly her body becomes public in a new way: medicine, law, and popular culture all offer her sometimes contradictory "expert" advice. Confinements explores the advice offered to pregnant and infertile women

Overview

When a woman in the United States becomes pregnant or tries to become pregnant, she enters a world of information, technology, and expertise. Suddenly her body becomes public in a new way: medicine, law, and popular culture all offer her sometimes contradictory "expert" advice. Confinements explores the advice offered to pregnant and infertile women by examining assumptions about femininity, class, and the reproductive body that structure the language of expertise. Even advice books written from a specifically countercultural or feminist point of view often attempt to police the way women think about their bodies.

Confinements argues that our perceptions about both pregnancy and infertility are limited by our culture's battles over the meaning of choice and control, arguments over what is natural or unnatural, and the troubled relationship between reproduction and the domestic sphere. The book breaks new ground in its analysis of gender, health, and reproduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813524337
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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