A Womb with a View: America's Growing Public Interest in Pregnancy

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ABC-CLIO, 2013 - Family & Relationships - 193 pages
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In the 21st century, pregnancy is more than a biological event it's a cultural phenomenon. "A Womb with a View: America's Growing Public Interest in Pregnancy" addresses how media influence and changes in society have exposed and commoditized pregnancy like never before, while technology has enabled us to share, record, and preserve all aspects of the pregnancy experience.

Each chapter of the book focuses on an aspect of the pregnancy experience, including efforts to peer in and bond with the fetus, the various ways of obtaining advice, the evolving role of expectant fathers, how pregnancy is depicted and treated in popular culture, and branding and marketing to pregnant couples. Interviews with those marketing products and services to pregnant women reveal how pregnancy is now "big business," while real-life stories from pregnant women and images from television and film serve to illustrate our culture's fascination with pregnancy."

 

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Contents

Outing Pregnancy From Stork to Sonogram
1
A Window into the Womb
11
It Takes an EVillage
33
A Pregnant Pause
51
The Backseat Pregnancy
79
The Pregnancy Industrial Complex
105
Womb Time
127
The Big LetDown
145
Notes
151
Bibliography
171
Index
187
About the Author
195
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Laura Tropp, PhD, is associate professor and chair of the Communication Arts Department at Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY.

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