Bodies of Knowledge: The Medicalization of Reproduction in by Eugenia Georges

By Eugenia Georges

Recipient of the 2006 Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the easiest undertaking within the zone of medicine.The writer, a second-generation Greek American, again to Greece along with her younger daughter to do fieldwork over the process a decade. concentrating on Rhodes, an island that blends continuity with the earlier and speedy social switch in frequently unforeseen methods, she interviewed over a hundred ladies, medical professionals, and midwives approximately problems with reproduction.The result's an in depth portrait of the way a longstanding process of "local" gynecological and obstetrical wisdom below the regulate of girls was once speedily displaced within the the interval following global warfare II, and the way the technologically-intensive biomedical version that took its position in flip assumed its personal designated signature.Bodies of information is a bright ethnographic examine of ways a possibly globalizing and homogenizing approach like medicalization might be reshaped as ladies and medical examiners alike selectively settle for or reject new practices and applied sciences. Georges came upon, for instance, that ladies in Rhodes have enthusiastically embraced a few new applied sciences, like fetal imaging while pregnant, yet rejected others, like clinical birth control. also they are avid shoppers of well known childbirth manuals.This e-book is the recipient of the 2006 Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the simplest undertaking within the region of drugs.

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Certainly, both place and relative socioeconomic position shaped the texture and quality of the life of each woman I came to know during the course of my study. However important, though, these dimensions seemed to pale in comparison with the shifts in knowledge and experience I found between the generations. My research on Rhodes began in 1990 with the relatively modest aim of understanding how the contemporary experience of pregnancy and birth had been affected by the intensive use of one specific obstetrical technology, fetal ultrasound imaging.

Together, Chapters 3 and 4 present the argument that local medicine on Rhodes is best understood in conversation with far more widely broadcast bodies of medical knowledge and practice. The remainder of Bodies of Knowledge examines the processes by which biomedicine became hegemonic in the postwar period and describes in detail younger women’s interpretations of, and responses to, the new biomedical model of reproduction and its attendant technologies. Chapter 5 focuses on Introduction 27 the processes contributing to the intensification and routinization of technological interventions in pregnancy and childbirth and showcases one reproductive technology in particular, fetal ultrasound imaging, for a more detailed case study.

In this book, I use this analytical perspective, derived from cultural studies of science, medicine, and technology, in my attempt to understand how particular obstetrical and gynecological discourses and technologies work along a number of dimensions that may have little to do with their intended or professed medical outcomes. In particular, I am concerned to examine how, within the uneven symbolic and political context of belated modernity, they work to assist actors in constituting the modern gendered identities they desire to ascribe to themselves (D.

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