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Bodies that Birth: Vitalizing Birth Politics

Bodies that Birth: Vitalizing Birth Politics (Hardback)

By Chadwick, Rachelle

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Bodies that Birth puts birthing bodies at the centre of questions about contemporary birth politics, power, and agency. Arguing that the fleshy and embodied aspects of birth have been largely silenced in social science scholarship, Rachelle Chadwick uses an array of birth stories..., from diverse race-class demographics, to explore the narrative entanglements between flesh, power, and sociomateriality in relation to birth. Adopting a unique theoretical framework incorporating new materialism, feminist theory, and a Foucauldian `analytics of power', the book aims to trace and trouble taken-for-granted assumptions about birthing bodies. Through a diffractive and dialogical approach, the analysis highlights the interplay between corporeality, power, and ideologies in the making of birth narratives across a range of intersectional differences. The book shows that there is no singular birthing body apart from sociomaterial relations of power. Instead, birthing bodies are uncertain zones or unpredictable assortments of physiology, flesh, sociomateriality, discourse, and affective flows. At the same time, birthing bodies are located within intra-acting fields of power relations, including biomedicine, racialized patriarchy, socioeconomics, and geopolitics. Bodies that Birth brings the voices of women from different sociomaterial positions into conversation. Ultimately, the book explores how attending to birthing bodies can vitalize global birth politics by listening to what matters to women in relation to birth. This is fascinating reading for researchers, academics, and students from across the social sciences.
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ISBN 9781138123335
Released NZ 13 Mar 2018
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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Series Women and Psychology
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ISBN-13 9781138123335
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Status Back Order Indent title (sourced internationally), Allow 8-12 weeks due to Covid 19 freight delays
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Released 13 Mar 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Chadwick, Rachelle
Series Women and Psychology
Category Gender Studies
Women's Health
Number of Pages 226
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 305.42
Weight 476g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Reproductive rights, Women's rights, Feminist theory, Motherhood - Political aspects
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text College/higher education