Messengers of Sex
Hormones, Biomedicine and Feminism
By (author) Celia Roberts
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Messengers of Sex by Celia Roberts
Book DescriptionSince the early twentieth century, hormones have commonly been understood as 'messengers of sex'. They are seen as essential to the development and functioning of healthy reproductive male and female bodies; millions take them as medications in the treatment of fertility, infertility and ageing. However, in contemporary society, hormones are both disturbed and disturbing; invading our environments and bodies through plastics, food and water, environmental estrogens and other chemicals, threatening irreversible, inter-generational bodily change. Using a wide range of sources, from physiology textbooks to popular parenting books and pharmaceutical advertisements, Celia Roberts analyses the multiple ways in which sex hormones have come to matter to us today. Bringing feminist theories of the body into dialogue with science and technology studies, she develops tools to address one of the most important questions facing feminism today: how is biological sex conceivable?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521681971
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Celia Roberts
Puberty in Crisis, Hardback (July 2015)
Combines feminist and social theories on the body, biology and sex to examine the sociological and cultural issues surrounding puberty.
Messengers of Sex, Hardback (October 2007)
A critical discussion of sex hormones and their importance in contemporary society.
Born and Made, Paperback (October 2006)» View all books by Celia Roberts
Are reproductive and genetic technologies racing ahead of a society that is unable to establish limits to their use? This book examines the case of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), the procedure used to prevent serious genetic disease by embryo selection, and the so-called "designer baby" method.
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Author Biography - Celia Roberts
Celia Roberts is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. She is the author of Born and Made: An Ethnography of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (with Sarah Franklin, 2006).
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