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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: January 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629294

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  • This thought-provoking volume compares the responses of women in a variety of countries and cultural settings to modern medical technologies. The contributors describe how women in East Africa deal with infertility, how American women respond to pre-natal diagnostic screening, how women in China and Japan choose to make use of reproductive technologies. The essays also explore wider themes, such as the emergence of the breast cancer movement, and how women confront environmental hazards which threaten them and their families. It is often assumed that women are passive in the face of biomedical technology, but this book shows that they make pragmatic choices, with responses ranging from acceptance to rejection or indifference. The reception of biomedical technology is situated in its local cultural contexts, and vital issues of women's health are related to political and ethnic concerns.

    • 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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    • Date Published: January 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629294
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.714kg
    • 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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