The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction

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Beacon Press, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 276 pages
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This bold reappraisal of science and society explores the different ways that women's reproduction is seen in American culture.

"Spectacular. There is no better study of the power of metaphor in modern medicine." —Thomas W. Laqueur, author of Making Sex

"One of the greatest strengths of this fascinating book is Martin's careful analysis of how medical language about women's bodies reveals cultural assumptions about women and their life's purpose. . . . Highly recommended." —Judith Walzer Leavitt, Bulletin of the History of Medicine
 

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Contents

The Familiar and the Exotic
3
Fragmentation and Gender
15
Science as a Cultural System
25
Medical Metaphors of Womens Bodies Menstruation and Menopause
27
Medical Metaphors of Womens Bodies Birth
54
Womens Vantage Point
69
Self and Body Image
71
Menstruation Work and Class
92
Menopause Power and Heat
166
Consciousness and Ideology
179
Class and Resistance
181
The Embodiment of Oppositions
194
Interview Questions
205
Biographical Profiles
209
Notes
225
References
243

Premenstrual Syndrome Work Discipline and Anger
113
Birth Resistance Race and Class
139
The Creation of New Birth Imagery
156

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Emily Martin is professor of anthropology at Princeton University and author of Flexible Bodies: Tracking Immunity in American Culture from the Days of Polio to the Age of AIDS (Beacon / 4627-2 / $18.00 pb).

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