Fetal Subjects, Feminist Positions

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Lynn Marie Morgan, Meredith W. Michaels
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999 - Social Science - 345 pages
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Selected as the "Most Enduring Edited Collection" by the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction

Since Roe v. Wade, there has been increasing public interest in fetuses, in part as a result of effective antiabortion propaganda and in part as a result of developments in medicine and technology. While feminists have begun to take note of the proliferation of fetal images in various media, such as medical journals, magazines, and motion pictures, few have openly addressed the problems that the emergence of the fetal subject poses for feminism.

Fetal Subjects, Feminist Positionsforegrounds feminism's effort to focus on the importance of women's reproductive agency, and at the same time acknowledges the increasing significance of fetal subjects in public discourse and private experience. Essays address the public fascination with the fetal subject and its implications for abortion discourse and feminist commitment to reproductive rights in the United States. Contributors include scholars from fields as diverse as anthropology, communications, political science, sociology, and philosophy.

  

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Contents

The Fetal Imperative
1
The Emergence of the Fetus
26
Materializing the Fetal Body Or What Are Those Corpses
43
Feminism in Suspension
61
Rethinking Gender
83
Manipulating the Fetal Image
99
MonicaJ Casper
113
The Traffic in Fetuses
133
Irish Transnational Politics and Locating Fetuses
175
Of Women and Fetuses
199
Sherry MiUner
236
Consumer Goods Fetuses and Feminism in the Context
251
Confessions of Two Feminist
279
Reflections on Abortion Politics and the Practices
296
List of Contributors
331
Copyright

CarolA Stabik
159

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About the author (1999)

Lynn M. Morgan is the Mary E. Woolley Professor of Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Community Participation in Health: The Politics of Primary Care in Costa Rica. Meredith W. Michaels is Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy at Smith College. She has coauthored several books, including Thirteen Questions in Ethics.

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