Into Our Own Hands: The Women's Health Movement in the United States, 1969-1990 available in Hardcover
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- Rutgers University Press
Recent history has witnessed a revolution in womens health care. Beginning in the late 1960s, women in communities across the United States challenged medical and male control over womens health. Few people today realize the extent to which these grassroots efforts shifted power and responsibility from the medical establishment into womens hands as health care consumers, providers, and advocates.
Into Our Own Hands traces the womens 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 womens 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 movements encounters with organized medicine, the state, and ascendant neoconservative and neoliberal political forces of the 1970s to the1980s shaped the confrontations and accomplishments in womens health care. The book also explores the impact of political struggles over race and class within the movement organizations.
|Publisher:||Rutgers University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Sandra Morgen is director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon. She is an anthropologist who teaches in the department of sociology. Her publications include Women and the Politics of Empowerment, Gender and Anthropology: Critical Reviews for Research and Teaching, and EnGendering Rationalities.
Table of Contents
|Preface and Acknowledgments||ix|
|Part I||In the Beginning|
|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|
|Part 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|
|Appendix 1||Persons Interviewed||239|
|Appendix 2||Clinics and Organizations Surveyed||241|