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Pragmatic Women and Body Politics

Pragmatic Women and Body Politics

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Margaret Lock, Patricia Kaufert, Janice Boddy, Ellen Gruenbaum, Soheir A. Morsy, Brooke Grundfest Schoepf, Karina Kielmann, Ellen Lewin, Lisa Handwerker, Iris Lopez, John D. O'Neil, Brenda D. Elias, Annalee Yassi, Emily K. Abel, C. H. Browner, Mark Nichter
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  • Date Published: February 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629294

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  • This thought-provoking volume explores women's responses to medical issues and technologies, from infertility in East Africa to prenatal screening in America. It also addresses wider themes, including the emergence of the breast cancer movement, and reactions to environmental hazards. In a series of accessible case studies, the contributors show that women react pragmatically to medical technology, with responses ranging from acceptance to resistance to indifference. This book will be a key text in medical anthropology and women's studies.

    • Explores issues of women's health and medicine in a variety of social and cultural contexts; very broad approach to women's health
    • Essays are theoretically informed but accessible case studies, range geographically from Zanzibar to China to Canada
    • Proposes a sophisticated view of women's health, not concentrating just on reproductive health or passive responses to medicine
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    Awards

    • Winner of the Annual Edited Book Prize from the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction of the Society for Medical Anthropology

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    "The volume invites fascinating reflections about the connection between soma and psyche and the role of gender in globalization." APA Review of Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629294
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Margaret Lock and Patricia Kaufert
    1. Remembering Amal: reflections on birth and the British in Northern Sudan Janice Boddy
    2. Resistance and embrace: Sudanese rural women and systems of power Ellen Gruenbaum
    3. Not only women: science as resistance in open door Egypt Soheir A. Morsy
    4. Inscribing the body politic: women and AIDS in Africa Brooke Grundfest Schoepf
    5. Barren ground: contesting identities of infertile women in Pemba, Tanzania Karina Kielmann
    6. Wives, mothers, and lesbians: rethinking resistance in the US Ellen Lewin
    7. The consequences of modernity for childless women in China: medicalization and resistance Lisa Handwerker
    8. Perfecting society: reproductive technologies, genetic testing and the planned family in Japan Margaret Lock
    9. An ethnography of the medicalization of Puerto Rican women's reproduction Iris Lopez
    10. Situating resistance in fields of resistance: Aboriginal women and environmentalism John D. O'Neil, Brenda D. Elias and Annalee Yassi
    11. Women, resistance and the breast cancer movement Patricia Kaufert
    12. Selective compliance with biomedical authority and the uses of experiential knowledge Emily K. Abel and C. H. Browner
    13. The mission within the madness: self-initiated medicalization as expression of agency Mark Nichter
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  • Editors

    Margaret Lock, McGill University, Montréal

    Patricia Alice Kaufert, University of Manitoba, Canada

    Contributors

    Margaret Lock, Patricia Kaufert, Janice Boddy, Ellen Gruenbaum, Soheir A. Morsy, Brooke Grundfest Schoepf, Karina Kielmann, Ellen Lewin, Lisa Handwerker, Iris Lopez, John D. O'Neil, Brenda D. Elias, Annalee Yassi, Emily K. Abel, C. H. Browner, Mark Nichter

    Awards

    • Winner of the Annual Edited Book Prize from the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction of the Society for Medical Anthropology

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