Risk, Reproduction, and Narratives of Experience

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  • Copyright: 2012-05-28
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt Univ Pr

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As Carole Browner explains in her foreword: "These chapters compellingly reveal that although we anthropologists tend to speak of biomedicine in hegemonic terms, in fact its penetration is quite variable and often ambivalently met. . . . Risk, Reproduction, and Narratives of Experiencesheds new light on a troubling core aspect of medicalization processes, which simultaneously render pregnant women more docile subjects even as they are impelled to actively engage with biomedicalized prenatal care regimes. . . . We also see that a consummate means by which states seek to consolidate power in the reproductive realm is through expansion of the biomedical concept of risk. This critical observation emerges repeatedly in this collection."

Author Biography

Lauren Fordyce is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bucknell University. Amnata Maraesa is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Hunter College of the City University of New York and the Department of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: The Development of Discourses Surrounding Reproductive Risksp. 1
Complications in Measuring and Defining Risk
Conceiving Risk in K'iche' Maya Reproductionp. 17
Failing to See the Danger: Conceptions of Pregnancy and Care Practices among Mexican Immigrant Women in New York Cityp. 37
The Vital Conjuncture of Methamphetamine-Involved Pregnancy: Objective Risks and Subjective Realitiesp. 59
Biopolitical Narratives of Risk and Responsibility
Birth and Blame: Guatemalan Midwives and Reproductive Riskp. 81
"They Don't Know Anything": How Medical Authority Constructs Perceptions of Reproductive Risk among Low-Income Mothers in Mexicop. 103
Local Contours of Reproductive Risk and Responsibility in Rural Oaxacap. 123
New Countryside, New Family: The Discourses of Reproductive Risk in Postsocialist Rural Chinap. 141
Struggles over the Embodiment of Reproductive Risk
Negotiating Risk and the Politics of Responsibility: Mothers and Young Child Health among Datoga Pastoralists in Northern Tanzaniap. 157
Shifting Maternal Responsibilities and the Trajectory of Blame in Northern Ghanap. 173
Imaging Maternal Responsibility: Prenatal Diagnosis and Ultrasound among Haitians in South Floridap. 191
A Competition over Reproductive Authority: Prenatal Risk Assessment in Southern Belizep. 211
Afterwordp. 231
Contributorsp. 235
Indexp. 237
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