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Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America

Testing Women Testing the Fetus The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America Rayna Rapp one of the leading feminist anthropologists in the United States explores the complex and contradictory nature of prenatal diagnosis and its social impact and cultural meaning through th

  • Title: Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America
  • Author: Rayna Rapp
  • ISBN: 9780415916455
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rayna Rapp, one of the leading feminist anthropologists in the United States, explores the complex and contradictory nature of prenatal diagnosis and its social impact and cultural meaning, through the narratives of the people who have experienced it Rich with the voices and stories of participants, these firsthand accounts examine how women of diverse racial, ethnic, claRayna Rapp, one of the leading feminist anthropologists in the United States, explores the complex and contradictory nature of prenatal diagnosis and its social impact and cultural meaning, through the narratives of the people who have experienced it Rich with the voices and stories of participants, these firsthand accounts examine how women of diverse racial, ethnic, class and religious backgrounds perceive prenatal testing.

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    1. Excellent text on a difficult but vital (no pun intended) element of the social and personal effects of technological advances on the process of birth and the ability to decide to abort it. Factual and forthright at times, bitterly personal at others, this is among the select few nonfiction texts that can pick up a reader from any knowledge level and carry that reader through a rich and fulfilling exploration of a complex and often misunderstood process. The controversial nature of the topic is [...]

    2. A very interesting ethnography of amniocentesis that examines the motivations, interpretations, implications, and counseling processes behind a controversial medical procedure that can diagnose some genetic conditions in a child prior to birth, largely to inform the decision of whether or not to continue a pregnancy but also to intervene or better prepare for a special delivery. This book has no easy answers about the fraught relationship between a woman's right to continue or discontinue a preg [...]

    3. Rayna Rapp did the fieldwork for this book for something like 14 years. The result is a tremendously detailed book of sprawling scope. It's also 300 pages, somewhat redundant in areas, a tremendously slow read -- but if you're interested in the sociology of medicine, the medicalization of women's bodies, or reproductive technology, it's well worth it. (Also, the 15-page conclusion basically sums up the entire book. FYI!)

    4. Tough read especially for a guy if you can get past all the gender specificity and analyze it from a broader general standpoint it makes some interesting social cultural points on bio-med, feminist contradiction and divide, disability rights, "race" and class

    5. Very interesting read from previous Medical Anthropology class. Would recommend to most people, especially anthro/culture driven folks.

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