Reproductive Technologies

Reproductive Technologies : Gender, Motherhood and Medicine

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The creation of "test-tube babies" acted as a spur to public debate about the implications of research on embryos, in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood, and the whole range of technologies concerned with human reproduction. The scope of reproductive technologies examined in this volume - from techniques for the medical "management" of childbirth, to genetic engineering - is such that few women in the western world, and smaller and smaller numbers in the third world, escape their influence. What then is their impact: on the process of reproduction, on family life and particularly on women? This book comprises a remarkable collection of original essays which attempts to place the current controversy over reproductive technologies in a political, legal and economic context. Contributors, who include Lesley Doyal, Ann Oakley, Ros Petchesky, Carol Smart, Hilary Rose and Naomi Pfeffer, examine systematically the technologies that have sparked off these debates.
They explore the problem of infertility, which is used to invalidate reproductive technologies; the way assumptions about the family and about biological parenthood continue to structure the arguments for and against; the impact of the medicalization of childbirth; the way debates are embedded in changing conceptions of paternal rights, maternal rights and embryo rights; the problems of providing adequate health care for women; and, above all, the urgency with which these issues raise problems about the accountability of science.
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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745602088
  • 9780745602080

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Introduction ; 1. From Walking Wombs to Test-Tube Babies: Ann Oakley; Thomas Coram Research Unit. ; 2. New Techniques and Old Controversies (the focus of public concern over AID and IVF): Naomi Pfeffer; University of Essex. ; 3. Infertility and Health Care for Women: Lesley Doyal; North London Polytechnic. ; 4. Surrogacy: Juliette Zipper; University of Amsterdam and Selma Sevenhuijsen; University of Amsterdam. ; 5. Fetal Images: Ultrasound and Reproductive Consciousness: Rosalind Petchesky; Bryn Mawr College. ; 6. Paternity and Maternity: Carol Smart; University of Warwick. ; 7. Embryo Rights and Reproductive Rights: Janet Gallagher; Hampshire College. ; 8. Deconstruction of Motherhood: Michelle Stanworth, Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. ; 9. Victorian Values in the Test-Tube: Science and Women's Subordination: Hilary Rose; University of Bradford.
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