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Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America

ISBN : 9780195323436

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¥6,303
Author: 
Sara Dubow
Pages
320 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
164 x 241 mm
Pub date
Jan 2011
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During the past several decades, the fetus has been diversely represented in political debates, medical textbooks and journals, personal memoirs and autobiographies, museum exhibits and mass media, and civil and criminal law. Ourselves Unborn argues that the meanings people attribute to the fetus are not based simply on biological fact or theological truth, but are in fact strongly influenced by competing definitions of personhood and identity, beliefs about knowledge and authority, and assumptions about gender roles and sexuality. In addition, these meanings can be shaped by dramatic historical change: over the course of the twentieth century, medical and technological changes made fetal development more comprehensible, while political and social changes made the fetus a subject of public controversy. Moreover, since the late nineteenth century, questions about how fetal life develops and should be valued have frequently intersected with debates about the authority of science and religion, and the relationship between the individual and society. In examining the contested history of fetal meanings, Sara Dubow brings a fresh perspective to these vital debates.

Index: 

INTRODUCTION: FETAL STORIES
1. Discovering Fetal Life, 1870s-1920s
2. Interpreting Fetal Bodies, 1930s-1970s
3. Defining Fetal Personhood, 1973-1976
4. Defending Fetal Rights: 1970s-1990s
5. Debating Fetal Pain, 1984-2007
EPILOGUE: FETAL MEANINGS
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

About the author: 

Sara Dubow is Assistant Professor of History at Williams College.

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