Pragmatic Women and Body Politics
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Pragmatic Women and Body Politics by Margaret M. Lock
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521620994
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margaret M. Lock
Beyond the Body Proper, Paperback (April 2007)
Includes nine sections organized around themes such as everyday life, sex and gender, and science. This title features articles and book excerpts focused on bodies using tools and participating in rituals, on bodies walking and eating, and on the female circumcision controversy, as well as pieces on medical classifications, and spirit possession.
Anthropology of Biomedicine, Hardback (January 2006)» View all books by Margaret M. Lock
An Anthropology of Biomedicine is an exciting new introduction to biomedicine and its global implications.
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