Conceiving the New World Order The Global Politics of Reproduction

ISBN-10: 0520089146

ISBN-13: 9780520089143

Edition: 1995

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This groundbreaking volume provides a dramatic investigation of the dynamics of reproduction. In an unusually broad spectrum of essays, a distinguished group of international feminist scholars and activists explores the complexity of contemporary sexual politics around the globe. Using reproduction as an entry point in the study of social life and placing it at the center of social theory, the authors examine how cultures are produced, contested, and transformed as people imagine their collective future in the creation of the next generation. The studies encompass a wide variety of subjects, from the impact of AIDS on reproduction in the United States to the aftereffects of Chernobyl on the Sami people in Norway and the impact of totalitarian abortion and birth control policies in Romania and China. The contributors use historical and comparative perspectives to illuminate the multiple and intersecting forms of power and resistance through which reproduction is given cultural weight and social form. They discuss the ways that seemingly distant influences shape and constrain local reproductive experiences such as the international flows of adoptive babies and childcare workers and the Victorian and imperial legacy of eugenics and family planning.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/31/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction: Conceiving the New World Order
A Surfeit of Bodies: Population and the Rationality of the State in Post-Mao China
Modern Bodies, Modern Minds: Midwifery and Reproductive Change in an African American Community
Irniktakpunga!: Sex Determination and the Inuit Struggle for Birthing Rights in Northern Canada
"Like a Mother to Them": Stratified Reproduction and West Indian Childcare Workers and Employers in New York
On the Outside Looking In: The Politics of Lesbian Motherhood
Households Headed by Women: The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender
Early Childbearing: What Is the Problem and Who Owns It?
Deadly Reproduction among Egyptian Women: Maternal Mortality and the Medicalization of Population Control
Coitus Interruptus and Family Respectability in Catholic Europe: A Sicilian Case Study
Women's Reproductive Practices and Biomedicine: Cultural Conflicts and Transformations in Nigeria
National Honor and Practical Kinship: Unwanted Women and Children
Political Demography: The Banning of Abortion in Ceausescu's Romania
From Reproduction to HIV: Blurring Categories, Shifting Positions
Physical and Cultural Reproduction in a Post-Chernobyl Norwegian Sami Community
Public Servants, Professionals, and Feminists: The Politics of Contraceptive Research in Brazil
The Normalization of Prenatal Diagnostic Screening
Postmodern Procreation: A Cultural Account of Assisted Reproduction
Displacing Knowledge: Technology and the Consequences for Kinship
Interrogating the Concept of Reproduction in the Eighteenth Century
The Body as Property: A Feminist Re-vision
Reassessing Reproduction in Social Theory
Misreading Darwin on Reproduction: Reductionism in Evolutionary Theory
Notes on Contributors
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