Pregnancy and Power by Rickie Solinger
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Pregnancy and Power
By Rickie Solinger

Pregnancy and Power

A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America

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Pregnancy and Power by Rickie Solinger

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A sweeping chronicle of women's battles for reproductive freedom throughout American history, Pregnancy and Power explores the many forces-social, racial, economic, and political-that have shaped women's reproductive lives in the United States. Leading historian Rickie Solinger argues that a woman's control over her body involves much more than the right to choose an abortion. Reproductive politics were at play when slaveholders devised breeding schemes, when the U.S. government took Indian children from their families in the nineteenth century, and when doctors pressed Latina women to be sterilized in the 1970s. Tracing the diverse plot lines of women's reproductive lives throughout American history, Solinger redefines the idea of reproductive freedom, putting race and class at the center of the effort to control sex and pregnancy in America over time. Solinger asks which women have how many children under what circumstances, and shows how reproductive experiences have been encouraged or coerced, rewarded or punished, honored or exploited over the last 250 years. Viewed in this way, the debate over reproductive rights raises questions about access to sex education and prenatal care, about housing laws, about access to citizenship, and about which women lose children to adoption and foster care. Pregnancy and Power shows that a complete understanding of reproductive politics must take into account the many players shaping public policy-lawmakers, educators, employers, clergy, physicians-as well as the consequences for women who obey and resist these policies. Tracing the diverse plotlines of women's reproductive lives throughout American history, Solinger redefines the idea of reproductive freedom, putting race and class at the center of the struggle to control sex and pregnancy in America.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814798287
ISBN-10: 0814798284
Format: Paperback
(5830mm x 3895mm x 19mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Rickie Solinger

Reproductive Justice by Rickie Solinger Reproductive Justice, Paperback (March 2017)

Providing a comprehensive description of the field, this book introduces students to an intersectional analysis of race, class, and gender politics. It illuminates how, for example, a low-income, physically-disabled woman, living in West Texas with no viable public transportation, no healthcare clinic, and no living-wage employment opportunities.

Reproductive States by Rickie Solinger Reproductive States, Hardback (January 2016)

In Reproductive States, a group of international scholars explore the population politics, policies and practices adopted in various countries and offer reflections on the outcomes of those policies and their legacies.

Reproductive Politics by Rickie Solinger Reproductive Politics, Paperback (May 2013)

A concise, comprehensive guide to reproductive politics in America

Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Rickie Solinger Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know, Hardback (March 2013)

A concise, comprehensive guide to reproductive politics in America

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Author Biography - Rickie Solinger

Rickie Solinger is an independent historian who lives in the Hudson Valley. Her books include Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade, The Abortionist: A Woman Against the Law, and Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States.

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