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Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know
     

Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know

by Solinger
 

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The term "reproductive politics" was coined by feminists in the 1970s to describe contemporary Roe v. Wade-era power struggles over contraception and abortion, adoption and surrogacy, and other satellite issues. Forty years later, questions about reproductive rights are just as complex—and controversial—as they were then. Focusing mainly on the

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The term "reproductive politics" was coined by feminists in the 1970s to describe contemporary Roe v. Wade-era power struggles over contraception and abortion, adoption and surrogacy, and other satellite issues. Forty years later, questions about reproductive rights are just as complex—and controversial—as they were then. Focusing mainly on the United States, Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® explores the legal, political, religious, social, ethical, and medical dimensions of this hotly contested arena.

Tracing the historical roots of reproductive politics up through the present, Rickie Solinger considers a range of topics from abortion and contraception to health care reform and assisted reproductive technologies. Solinger tackles some of the most contentious questions up for debate today, including the definition of "fetal personhood," and the roles poverty and welfare policy play in shaping reproductive rights. The answers she provides are informative, balanced, and sometimes quite surprising.

Offering a wide range of information in an accessible and engaging manner, Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® orients readers and provides the knowledge necessary to follow the debates in this important and continually evolving field.

What Everyone Needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.

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"Researchers interested in the full context of abortion rights and other reproductive issues will appreciate this helpful guide."—LIBRARY JOURNAL

"The strength of this book is the broad definition of reproductive issues beyond abortion and the articulation of the cultural and legal issues informing this topic. A good addition for collections on gender politics, abortion, and same-sex marriage." —CHOICE

Library Journal
Nearly all aspects of sexuality and reproduction provoke bitter debate at various levels of government. Solinger (Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America) provides a primer-like structure, typical of the "What Everyone Needs To Know" series from Oxford, to help readers understand the history and complexities of all facets of the issues. Although most people think first of abortion when they hear "reproductive politics," the issues addressed here are much broader, emcompassing contraception, adoption, foreign aid, and environmental pollution's influence on fertility and fetal health. Using a question-and-answer format, Solinger itemizes a topic, then provides a concise, unbiased explanation of the historical (e.g., while before the mid-19th century, a woman could legally ask a physician or midwife to terminate her pregnancy, by 1910 almost every state had criminalized abortion), political, legislative, and judicial elements surrounding the issue. She also addresses the unsavory policies of forced sterilization that have been inflicted on minority, impoverished, and mentally challenged populations. Her extensive source documentation and suggested-reading list increase the book's value. VERDICT Researchers interested in the full context of abortion rights and other reproductive issues will appreciate this helpful guide.—Jill Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199811403
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2013
Series:
What Everyone Needs to Know Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Rickie Solinger is a historian and curator. She has written and edited a number of books about reproductive politics, including Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade and Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the U.S. Solinger has organized exhibitions that have traveled to 140 college and university galleries over the past eighteen years. She lives in the Hudson Valley and New York City.

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