Fertile Matters The Politics of Mexican-Origin Women's Reproduction

ISBN-10: 0292716826

ISBN-13: 9780292716827

Edition: 2008

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Description: While the stereotype of the persistently pregnant Mexican-origin woman is longstanding, in the past fifteen years her reproduction has been targeted as a major social problem for the United States. Due to fear-fueled news reports and public perceptions about the changing composition of the nation's racial and ethnic makeupthe so-called Latinization of Americathe reproduction of Mexican immigrant women has become a central theme in contemporary U. S. politics since the early 1990s. In this exploration, Elena R. Gutieacute;rrez considers these public stereotypes of Mexican American and Mexican immigrant women as "hyper-fertile baby machines" who "breed like rabbits." She draws on social constructionist perspectives to examine the historical and sociopolitical evolution of these racial ideologies, and the related beliefs that Mexican-origin families are unduly large and that Mexican American and Mexican immigrant women do not use birth control. Using the coercive sterilization of Mexican-origin women in Los Angeles as a case study, Gutieacute;rrez opens a dialogue on the racial politics of reproduction, and how they have developed for women of Mexican origin in the United States. She illustrates how the ways we talk and think about reproduction are part of a system of racial domination that shapes social policy and affects individual women's lives.

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 2/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 221
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Elena R. Guti�rrez is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

A Note on Terminology
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Fertility of Women of Mexican Origin: A Social Constructionist Approach
The Twin Problems of Overpopulation and Immigration in 1970s California
"They Breed Like Rabbits": The Forced Sterilization of Mexican-Origin Women
"More Than a Hint of Extraordinary Fertility....": Social Science Perspectives on Mexican-Origin Women's Reproductive Behavior (1912-1980)
Controlling Borders and Babies: John Tanton, ZPG, and Racial Anxiety over Mexican-Origin Women's Fertility
The Right to Have Children: Chicanas Organizing Against Sterilization Abuse
"Baby-Makers and Welfare Takers": The (Not-So) New Politics of Mexican-Origin Women's Reproduction
Epilogue
Notes
References
Index
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