One of Us
Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal
By (author) Alice Domurat Dreger
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One of Us by Alice Domurat Dreger
Book DescriptionMust children born with socially challenging anatomies have their bodies changed because others cannot be expected to change their minds? "One of Us" views conjoined twinning and other "abnormalities" from the point of view of people living with such anatomies, and considers these issues within the larger historical context of anatomical politics. Anatomy matters, Alice Domurat Dreger tells us, because the senses we possess, the muscles we control, and the resources we require to keep our bodies alive limit and guide what we experience in any given context. Her deeply thought-provoking and compassionate work exposes the breadth and depth of that context--the extent of the social frame upon which we construct the "normal." In doing so, the book calls into question assumptions about anatomy and normality, and transforms our understanding of how we are all intricately and inextricably joined.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674018259
(210mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alice Domurat Dreger
Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex, Paperback (March 2000)» View all books by Alice Domurat Dreger
This text takes the reader inside the doctor's chamber to see how and why medical and scientific men constructed sex, gender, and sexuality as they did, and especially how the material conformation of hermaphroditic bodies - when combined with social exigencies - forced peculiar constructions.
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Author Biography - Alice Domurat Dreger
Alice Domurat Dreger is an internationally recognised writer, speaker and historian based at Michigan State University. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
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