Manmade Breast Cancers
By (author) Zillah R. Eisenstein
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Manmade Breast Cancers by Zillah R. Eisenstein
Book DescriptionA new understanding of humanity and feminism from the starting point of breast health is the ultimate goal of Zillah Eisenstein's political memoir of her family's experience with breast cancer. The well-known feminist author argues that politics always needs the personal, and that the personal is never enough on its own. Her return to the personal side of the political combines the two for a radicalized way of seeing, viewing, and knowing.The author strives to bring together a critique of environmental damage and the health of women's bodies, gain perspective on the role race plays as a factor in breast cancers and in political agendas, link prevention and treatment, and connect individual support and political change.Eisenstein was sixteen when her forty-five-year-old mother successfully battled breast cancer. Her two sisters, Sarah and Giah, were in their twenties when they were diagnosed, but neither of them survived. She received her own diagnosis when she was forty. Despite her family history, however, Eisenstein rejects the simple argument that genes are simply determining, rather than liable to influence by external factors. She also questions the dominance of the theory that breast cancer is caused by high lifetime exposure to estrogen. Instead, she views breast cancer as an environmental disease, best understood in terms of ecological, racial, economic, and sexual influences on individual women. She uses the term "manmade" to indicate not only industrial carcinogens and other cultural causes, but also the male-dominated and -defined scientific practices of research and treatment.In response, Manmade Breast Cancers offers a retelling of the meaning of breast cancer and a discussion of universal feminist issues about the body. The author says she writes "to discover a more just globe which will treasure the health of all of our bodies." The emotional depth and intellectual breadth of her argument adds new dimensions to how we understand breast cancer.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801487071
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Zillah R. Eisenstein
Audacity of Races and Genders, Paperback (October 2009)
A topical commentary on the state of politics, gender and race from a high profile and well-respected feminist theorist and activist. It presents 25 conceptual 'frames' of critical analysis placing the US presidential election in the context of: the global economic crisis, the positions of China and India, Islamic feminisms and new secularisms.
Sexual Decoys, Paperback (December 2006)
Ranging from analyses of Condoleeza Rice and Bush's other 'Cowgirls' to the Iraq war, this book pushes the boundaries of contemporary theory. It charts the militarist and masculinist configurations through discussions of the Afghan and Iraq wars, violations at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, the 2004 US Presidential election, and hurricane Katrina.
Against Empire, Paperback (October 2004)
A trenchant critique of globalization and US unilateralism in which Esienstein devlops an anti-racist polyversal feminism.
Hatreds, Paperback (September 1996)» View all books by Zillah R. Eisenstein
Eisenstein tracks developments such as racialized ethnic and gender conflict; the new male democracies of eastern Europe; the new Democrats of the Clinton era - exploring the 'politics of hate.'
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