Contemplating Maternity in an Era of Choice

Contemplating Maternity in an Era of Choice : Explorations Into Discourses of Reproduction

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Women who came of age in the late twentieth century were raised in the era of choice; they grew up believing that reproductive decision-making is a political right, a responsibility of women living the successes of second wave feminism, and under their control. Contemplating Maternity in an Era of Choice: Explorations into Discourses of Reproduction explores contemporary maternity both within and in light of these late-twentieth century understandings. Employing a variety of feminist communication approaches, the volume's contributors discuss how discourses of choice shape and are shaped by women's identities and experiences as (non)mothers and how those same discourses affect and reflect private practices and public policies related to reproduction and motherhood. Through this process, the contributors illustrate a variety of ways of conducting feminist thinking, research, and practices within the communication discipline. Major sub-disciplines within communication studies are represented here including feminist organizational, interpersonal, rhetorical, critical/cultural, and social movement studies. Whereas many of the previous scholarly investigations into maternity highlight only one aspect or phase of motherhood, Contemplating Maternity in an Era of Choice is unique because it investigates discourses of choice across the arc of maternity and as enacted through various (non)maternal subject more

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  • Electronic book text | 356 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739138928
  • 9780739138922

About Mary Hayden

Sara Hayden is professor of communication studies at the University of Montana. D. Lynn OOBrien Hallstein is assistant professor of rhetoric at Boston more

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"Contemplating Maternity in an Era of Choice" offers a rich and wide-ranging discussion, both topically and methodologically, of choice within discourses of reproductivity. The contributors range across historical, legal, workplace, personal, and familial contexts, problematizing the conditions and character of discourses of choice regarding birth control, pregnancy, abortion, and child-rearing. Hayden and O Brien Hallstein have assembled an expansive collection of essays that effectively confront the reader with the dense complexity of the construct choice and how it impacts one s reproductive life. This book should inspire more discussion, more research, and more contemplation of a powerful but elusive concept.--Nathan Stormer, The University of Maine"show more

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