Book of Life A Personal and Ethical Guide to Race, Normality and the Human Gene Study

ISBN-10: 0807004510

ISBN-13: 9780807004517

Edition: 2001

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 4/19/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

A professor of sociology at Baruch College of the City University of New York, Barbara Katz Rothman specializes in the fields of reproductive health and childbirth. In particular, she seeks to describe the experience of motherhood within our contemporary, highly technologized, and fixed medical structure. Rothman's more recent books develop this theme while examining specific new procreative technologies and how these technologies act to alter the occasion of childbirth. Rothman is a strong critic of market-based assumptions that define babies as "products of conception." She argues that to treat fetuses simply as objects encased in a woman's uterus does not adequately describe the relationship between mother and child; it only leads to illogical arguments regarding reproductive policy and legal actions against pregnant women who do not follow doctors' orders. Furthermore, Rothman points out that parent's mistakes in childrearing are idiosyncratic, while those of professionals are more dangerous because they are systematic and based on such motivations as ideology, self-interest, or bureaucratic efficiency. Rothman received her B.A. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (1969), and an M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1979) from New York University. Long associated with the City University of New York and also with the state university, Rothman favors a feminist-centered view of parental rights and responsibilities.

Preface
Introduction
Before I Start
On Breads, Bibles and Blueprints
Prediction and Uncertainty
On Authority
Mapping the Past: The Macroeugenics of Race
Inventing It
Seeing It
The Science and Politics of Race
Through a Crystal, Darkly
(American) Racism
For Whom the Bell Curves
Rates and Races
The Human Genome Diversity Project
Writing the Body: The Genetics of Illness
A Tale of Two Diseases
The Quest
From the Breast
Cancer as (Not) a Genetic Disease
Understanding Cancer
Early Detection
Breast Cancer
Contradictions
Imagining the Future: The Microeugenics of Procreation
The Gates of Life
Spoiling the Pregnancy
Get a Map
Beyond Prenatal Diagnosis
Now You Can Choose!
Determination
On Order
Conclusion
In Search of Imagination
Existential Orphanhood and Identity Politics: On Jews, Dwarfs and Gays
After I Finish
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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