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The biopolitics of breast cancer : changing cultures of disease and activism

Author: Maren Klawiter
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008.
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For nearly forty years, feminists and patient activists have argued that medicine is a deeply individualizing and depoliticizing institution. According to this view, medical practices are incidental to people's transformation from patients to patient activists. Maren Klawiter analyzes the evolution of the breast cancer movement to show the broad social impact of how diseases come to be medically managed and publicly  Read more...
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Klawiter, Maren.
Biopolitics of breast cancer.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007050521
(OCoLC)183831436
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maren Klawiter
ISBN: 9780816656660 0816656665
OCLC Number: 297118094
Description: 1 online resource (xxxi, 397 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction : Mapping the contours of breast cancer --
Social movements without the sovereign --
Breast cancer in two regimes --
The regime of medicalization --
Biomedicalization and the biopolitics of screening --
Biomedicalization and the anatomo-politics of treatment --
Cultures of action in the Bay Area --
Early detection and screening activism --
Patient empowerment and feminist treatment activism --
Cancer prevention and environmental risk --
From private stigma to public actions --
The impact of disease regimes and social movements on illness experience --
Breast cancer in the twenty-first century --
Conclusion : The body politics of social movements --
Appendix : Multisited ethnography and the extended case method.
Responsibility: Maren Klawiter.

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For nearly forty years, feminists and patient activists have argued that medicine is a deeply individualizing and depoliticizing institution. According to this view, medical practices are incidental to people's transformation from patients to patient activists. Maren Klawiter analyzes the evolution of the breast cancer movement to show the broad social impact of how diseases come to be medically managed and publicly administered. Examining surgical procedures, adjuvant therapies, early detection campaigns, and the rise in discourses of risk, Klawiter demonstrates that these practices created a change in the social relations-if not the mortality rate-of breast cancer that initially inhibited, but later enabled, collective action. Her research focuses on the emergence and development of new forms of activism that range from grassroots patient empowerment to environmental activism and corporate-funded breast cancer awareness.

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