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Testing Women, Testing the Fetus; The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America (Anthropology of Everyday Life)by Rayna Rapp
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with their ultimate decisions? Based on the author's decade of research and her own personal experiences with amniocentesis, "Testing Women, Testing the Fetus" explores the "geneticization" of family life in all its complexity and diversity.
To test or not to test? Advances in medical technology now tell us more than we have ever known about an unborn child. But how much do we want to know, and at what cost? Rayna Rapp, one of America's leading feminist anthropologists, has spent more than a decade researching the social impact of amniocentesis. Drawing upon hundreds of women's stories, as well as her own, she shows us the human faces behind these new reproductive technologies.
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.
Pregnancy. For many women it is an exhilarating period of their lives. Having already made the decision to conceive, now women are confronted with a more encumbering choice, one riddled with emotional and moral implications: the option to test the health of their fetus prior to birth. 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 touching, firsthand accounts examine how women of diverse racial, ethnic, class and religious backgrounds perceive prenatal testing, the most prevalent and routinized of the new reproducing technologies. This Pandora's box of moral issues has prompted complex questions, such as: What do women want and not want from technology in pregnancy? What conditions are worth an abortion? How do women receiving a bad diagnosis cope with their ultimate decisions? Based on the author's decade of research and her own personal experiences with amniocentesis, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus explores the geneticization of family life in all its complexity and diversity.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -352) and index.
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