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Gender Before Birth : Sex Selection in a Transnational Context - by Rajani Bhatia (Hardcover)

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In the mid-1990s, the international community pronounced prenatal sex selection via abortion an “act of violence against women” and “unethical.” At the same time, new developments in reproductive technology in the United States led to a method of sex selection before conception; its US inventor marketed the practice as “family balancing” and defended it with the rhetoric of freedom of choice. In Gender before Birth, Rajani Bhatia takes on the double standard of how similar practices in the West and non-West are divergently named and framed.

Bhatia’s extensive fieldwork includes interviews with clinicians, scientists, biomedical service providers, and feminist activists, and her resulting analysis extends both feminist theory on reproduction and feminist science and technology studies. She argues that we are at the beginning of a changing transnational terrain that presents new challenges to theorized inequality in reproduction, demonstrating how the technosciences often get embroiled in colonial gender and racial politics.

Number of Pages: 249
Genre: Social Science, Medical, History
Sub-Genre: Gender Studies, Reproductive Medicine & Technology, Asia
Series Title: Feminist Technosciences
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
Book theme: Southeast Asia
Author: Rajani Bhatia
Language: English
Street Date: February 6, 2018
TCIN: 53451063
UPC: 9780295999203
Item Number (DPCI): 248-68-9673
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