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Social Bodies : Science, Reproduction, and Italian Modernity (94 Edition)

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Using as his example post-World War I Italy and the government's interest in the size, growth rate, and "vitality" of its national population, David Horn suggests a genealogy for our present understanding of procreation as a site for technological intervention and political contestation. Social Bodies looks at how population and reproductive bodies came to be the objects of new sciences, technologies, and government policies during this period. It examines the linked scientific constructions of Italian society as a body threatened by the "disease" of infertility, and of women and men as social bodies--located neither in nature nor in the private sphere, but in that modern domain of knowledge and intervention carved out by statistics, sociology, social hygiene, and social work.

Situated at the intersection of anthropology, cultural studies, and feminist studies of science, the book explores the interrelated factors that produced the practices of reason we call social science and social planning. David Horn draws on many sources to analyze the discourses and practices of "social experts," the resistance these encountered, and the often unintended effects of the new objectification of bodies and populations. He shows how science, while affirming that maternity was part of woman's "nature," also worked to remove reproduction from the domain of the natural, making it an object of technological intervention. This reconstitution of bodies through the sciences and technologies of the social, Horn argues, continues to have material consequences for women and men throughout the West.

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"This book is at once a study of the emergence of reproduction and welfare as the subjects of the new social sciences and government social engineering in interwar Italy and, at the same time, a history of the constitution of the 'social' as an object of study and intervention. A significant contribution to feminist and cultural studies."--Sylvia Yanagisako, Stanford University

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-181) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Ch. ITechnologies of Reproduction3
Ch. IISocial Bodies18
Ch. IIIThe Power of Numbers46
Ch. IVGoverning Reproduction66
Ch. VThe Sterile City95
Ch. VIBeyond Public and Private123
Notes129
References Cited159
Index183

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691037202
Subtitle:
Science, Reproduction, and Italian Modernity
Author:
Horn, David G.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Human Anatomy
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Fertility, human
Subject:
Human reproductive technology
Subject:
Fascism and women.
Subject:
Italy Politics and government 1914-1945.
Subject:
Fascism and culture.
Subject:
Human reproductive technology -- Italy -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History Paperback
Series Volume:
no. A-669
Publication Date:
19941204
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 tables
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "This book is at once a study of the emergence of reproduction and welfare as the subjects of the new social sciences and government social engineering in interwar Italy and, at the same time, a history of the constitution of the 'social' as an object of study and intervention. A significant contribution to feminist and cultural studies."--Sylvia Yanagisako, Stanford University
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