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Risk, reproduction, and narratives of experience

Author: Lauren Fordyce; Aminata Maraësa
Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As Carole Browner explains in her foreword: "These chapters compellingly reveal that although we anthropologists tend to speak of biomedicine in hegemonic terms, in fact its penetration is quite variable and often ambivalently met. ... Risk, Reproduction, and Narratives of Experience sheds new light on a troubling core aspect of medicalization processes, which simultaneously render pregnant women more docile  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lauren Fordyce; Aminata Maraësa
ISBN: 9780826518194 0826518192 9780826518200 0826518206
OCLC Number: 727126678
Description: xiii, 241 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Conceiving risk in K'iche' Maya reproduction / Matthew R. Dudgeon --
Failing to see the danger: conceptions of pregnancy and care practices among Mexican Immigrant women in New York City / Alyshia Gálvez --
The vital conjuncture of methamphetamine-involved pregnancy: objective risks and subjective realities / Alison B. Hamilton --
Birth and blame: Guatemalan midwives and reproductive risk / Sheila Cosminsky --
"They don't know anything": how medical authority constructs perceptions of reproductive risk among low-income mothers in Mexico / Vania Smith-Oka --
Local contours of reproductive risk and responsibility in rural Oaxaca / Rebecca Howes-Mischel --
New countryside, new family: the discourses of reproductive risk in postsocialist rural China / Qingyan Ma --
Negotiating risk and the politics of responsibility: mothers and young child health among datoga pastoralists in northern Tanzania / Alyson G. Young --
Shifting maternal responsibilities and the trajectory of blame in northern Ghana / Aaron R. Denham --
Imaging maternal responsibility: prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound among Haitians in South Florida / Lauren Fordyce --
A competition over reproductive authority: prenatal risk assessment in southern Belize / Aminata Maraesa.
Responsibility: edited by Lauren Fordyce and Aminata Maraesa ; foreword by Carole H. Browner and afterword by Rayna Rapp.

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"As Carole Browner explains in her foreword: "These chapters compellingly reveal that although we anthropologists tend to speak of biomedicine in hegemonic terms, in fact its penetration is quite variable and often ambivalently met. ... Risk, Reproduction, and Narratives of Experience sheds new light on a troubling core aspect of medicalization processes, which simultaneously render pregnant women more docile subjects even as they are impelled to actively engage with biomedicalized prenatal care regimes. ... We also see that a consummate means by which states seek to consolidate power in the reproductive realm is through expansion of the biomedical concept of risk. This critical observation emerges repeatedly in this collection."--Pub. desc.

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"An easy and pleasurable read from beginning to end."--"Global Public Health"

 
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