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Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know (What Everyone Needs to Know)

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The term "reproductive politics" was coined by feminists in the 1970s to describe contemporary Roe v. Wade-era power struggles over contraception and abortion, adoption and surrogacy, and other satellite issues. Forty years later, questions about reproductive rights are just as complex--and controversial--as they were then. Focusing mainly on the United States, Reproductive Politics explores the legal, political, religious, social, ethical, and medical dimensions of this hotly contested arena.

Tracing the historical roots of reproductive politics up through the present, Rickie Solinger adopts a question-and-answer format to shed light on such questions as: are sex and reproduction "private" or "public" matters? When was abortion decriminalized in the United States--and why? What is "abstinence only" sex education? And how is reproductive politics a men's issue as well as a women's issue? The answers are informative and balanced, and sometimes quite surprising. We learn that the number of illegal abortions before Roe was about the same as the number of legal abortions after Roe-about one million a year; and that women are the primary earners in 40 percent of American households and head 85 percent of single-parent households-one reason access to affordable daycare has become a key factor in a woman's decision to reproduce.

Offering a wide range of information in an accessible and lively manner, Solinger orients readers and provides the knowledge necessary to follow the debates in this important and continually evolving field.

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Reproductive politics is a term coined by feminists in the 1970s to describe contemporary, Roe v. Wade-era power struggles over contraception and abortion, adoption and surrogacy, and other satellite issues. Forty years later, questions of reproductive rights are just as complex--and controversial--as they were then. Focusing mainly on the United States, Reproductive Politics explores the legal, political, religious, social, ethical, and medical dimensions of this hotly contested arena.

Tracing the historical roots of reproductive politics up through the present, Rickie Solinger adopts a question-and-answer format to shed light on such questions as: are sex and reproduction "private" or "public" matters? When was abortion criminalized in the United States--and why? What is "abstinence only" sex education? And how is "reproductive politics" a men's issue as well as a women's issue? Covering a substantial range of information in an accessible and lively manner, Solinger orients readers and provides the knowledge necessary to enter into dialogue with this important and continually evolving field.

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Reproductive politics is one of the most contentious arenas of American life. The term describes power struggles over contraception and abortion; race, sterilization, and social provision; adoption and surrogacy; and other related issues. Since the '70s, when the court granted women the ability to choose, public officials have used legislatures, courts, and the media to define, advocate, and attempt to legislate a complex array of public powers over female reproduction. The issue of female fertility and its consequences to the state became the subject of constant, sometimes violent debate that continues to defy resolution and shape national politics in the twenty-first century. Focusing on the United States, Solinger's book will explore the historical, legal, political, religious, social, ethical, medical, and other dimensions of reproductive politics.

About the Author

Rickie Solinger is a historian, writer, and curator of exhibits funded by Ford Foundation, Open Society Institute, and the Brown v. Board historic site in Topeka, KS. She has written several books, most recently Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America (NYU, 2005).

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1. What is "Reproductive Politics"

2. Why History Matters

3. The Legal Context

4. Religious Views and Their Impacts

5. Population Issues and Reproductive Politics

6. Public Policy and Reproductive Politics

7. Contemporary "Values" Debates over Reproductive Politics

8. Teenage Pregnancy and Single Pregnancy in the U.S.

10. Contemporary Abortion Politics I: Opinions and Science

11. Contemporary Abortion Politics II: Experience and Practice

12. Contemporary Abortion Politics III: Activism, Law, and Public Policy

13. Fetuses

14. Family PLanning and Reproductive Technologies

15. Adoption

16. The Environment and Reproductive Politics

17. Disability and Reproductive Politics

18. Birthing and Reproductive Politics

19. Health Care Reform and Reproductive Politics

20. Global Perspectives on Reproductive Politics

21. Men and Reproductive Politics

22. Language and Frameworks

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dmf, July 23, 2013 (view all comments by dmf)
I recently read Solinger's "Pregnancy and Power" and was particularly pleased at how she transformed the usual narrow view on reproductive rights to a broader reproductive justice perspective. For example, women's right to choose when NOT to have children is more meaningful when contrasted with women who have been denied the right to have children. I particularly appreciated her analysis of the appropriation of African-American women's bodies for reproductive purposes; she addressed the conflicting feelings resulting from a cultural legacy of both being forced to have children and being denied that right.

I am very much looking forward to reading Reproductive Politics!
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ISBN:
9780199811410
Author:
Solinger, Rickie
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Women & Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
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Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
5.5 x 8.2 x 0.9 in 0.55 lb

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Womens Health
History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » Reproductive Rights
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Reproductive politics is a term coined by feminists in the 1970s to describe contemporary, Roe v. Wade-era power struggles over contraception and abortion, adoption and surrogacy, and other satellite issues. Forty years later, questions of reproductive rights are just as complex--and controversial--as they were then. Focusing mainly on the United States, Reproductive Politics explores the legal, political, religious, social, ethical, and medical dimensions of this hotly contested arena.

Tracing the historical roots of reproductive politics up through the present, Rickie Solinger adopts a question-and-answer format to shed light on such questions as: are sex and reproduction "private" or "public" matters? When was abortion criminalized in the United States--and why? What is "abstinence only" sex education? And how is "reproductive politics" a men's issue as well as a women's issue? Covering a substantial range of information in an accessible and lively manner, Solinger orients readers and provides the knowledge necessary to enter into dialogue with this important and continually evolving field.

"Synopsis" by , Reproductive politics is one of the most contentious arenas of American life. The term describes power struggles over contraception and abortion; race, sterilization, and social provision; adoption and surrogacy; and other related issues. Since the '70s, when the court granted women the ability to choose, public officials have used legislatures, courts, and the media to define, advocate, and attempt to legislate a complex array of public powers over female reproduction. The issue of female fertility and its consequences to the state became the subject of constant, sometimes violent debate that continues to defy resolution and shape national politics in the twenty-first century. Focusing on the United States, Solinger's book will explore the historical, legal, political, religious, social, ethical, medical, and other dimensions of reproductive politics.
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