Gender and Genetics: Sociology of the Prenatal

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Routledge, May 16, 2012 - Medical - 198 pages

Prenatal screening for genetic disorders is becoming an increasingly widespread phenomenon across the globe. While studies have highlighted the importance of women’s experiences of such screening, little is known about men’s roles and direct involvement in this process. With a focus on the experiences of both women and men, this text offers an innovative and passionate account of the gendered nature of prenatal screening.

Drawing on interview data with pregnant women and their male partners in a UK city, Reed provides a compelling analysis of maternal and paternal roles in prenatal screening. Through this analysis, the book raises important issues around genetics, gender and screening practice. With a focus on the gendered production of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ genes, the book explores differences between visual technologies and blood screening. It also explores the gendered nature of genetic responsibility and the impact this has on parenting roles.

Extending its arguments into other key debates in prenatal genetics – including a focus on the impact of screening on other types of stratification, including ethnicity and class – Reed provides an original and comprehensive analysis of some of the most pressing concerns in the field to date. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of the sociology of health and illness, science and technology studies, gender studies, feminist bioethics and medical anthropology, as well as professionals in the fields of midwifery and genetic counselling.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Information keepingseeking
18
2 Gender choice and time
39
3 Imaging and imagining genetics
59
4 Men masculinity and decisionmaking
78
5 Gendering good and bad genes
96
6 Family friends and heredity
115
7 Transforming social divisions
138
Conclusion
162
Appendix
181
Notes
183
Bibliography
185
Index
197
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Kate Reed is a senior lecturer in Medical Sociology at the University of Sheffield. She has published broadly across the areas of ethnicity, gender, social theory and the sociology of health and illness. She is the author of Worlds of Health (Praeger 2003) and New Directions in Social Theory: Race, Gender and the Canon (Sage 2006).

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