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Reading Birth and Death. A History of Obstetric Thinking.

Murphy-Lawless, Jo.

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ISBN 10: 1859181767 / ISBN 13: 9781859181768
Verlag: Cork, Cork University Press, 1998
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16cm x 24cm. VII, 343 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Includes for example the following chapters: Women, Power and Obstetric Rationality / Obstetric Pairings and Knowledge Formation / Body, Power, Death: The Problem of Puerperal Fever / Calculating Life and Death: The Risk-Death Pairing etc. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 42876AB

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Titel: Reading Birth and Death. A History of ...

Verlag: Cork, Cork University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 1998

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The issue of who should control childbirth remains one of the outstanding conflicts for the women's movement, despite almost four decades of campaigning for change. Its continuing relevance suggests that the problem of exercising choice and personal agency remains a political struggle for each woman who faces an institutional system of maternity care which demands compliance with its norms. Since the eighteenth century, obstetric discourse has had a decisive impact on the experiences of birth in countless women's lives. Using the historical records and writings of Irish doctors and maternity hospitals, this book analyzes the core beliefs and practices of obstetric science. These beliefs reveal a central theme of women's incompetence in birth and traces how such a radically gendered account has been so detrimental to women. The author argues that the problem of personal agency which women face stems directly from the way the science has worked. In exploring the currently important thesis of discourse and power in relation to scientific thinking, Reading Birth and Death makes an important contribution to the fields of obstetrics, midwifery, childbirth, education, sociology of the body, cultural studies and women's studies.

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The issue of who should control childbirth remains one of the outstanding problems for the women's movement, despite almost four decades of campaigning for change. This continuing relevance suggests that exercising choice and personal agency remain political struggles for each woman who faces an institutional maternity care system.

Since the eighteenth century, obstetric discourse has had a decisive impact on women's experience of childbirth. Using historical records from Irish hospitals and the writings of Irish doctors, this book analyzes the core beliefs and practices of obstetric science.

It reveals a belief in the incompetence of women with regard to childbirth and traces the effects on women of such a radically gendered notion. The author argues that the problem of exercising personal agency which women face stems directly from the way the science has worked.

In exploring the discourse and power in relation to scientific thinking, Reading Birth and Death makes an important contribution to the fields of obstetrics, midwifery, childbirth education, sociology of the body, cultural studies and women's studies.

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