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Editorial: The politics of reproduction and parenting cultures: procreation, pregnancy, childbirth, and childrearing

Latimer, Joanna and Thomas, Gareth 2017. Editorial: The politics of reproduction and parenting cultures: procreation, pregnancy, childbirth, and childrearing. Sociology of Health and Illness 39 (6) , pp. 811-815. 10.1111/1467-9566.12603

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Abstract

‘Controlling life was and is to be achieved in part by rationalizing and industrializing reproductive processes. Multiple heterogeneous and contradictory groups have had an interest in achieving such control – from elites seeking to control others to individuals, especially women, trying to get a grip on their own lives through controlling their reproduction; from eugenicists ultimately trying to control evolution to neo-Malthusians trying to control national and population size; from philanthropists and foundation executives trying to shape the future of science and human life in varied directions to reproductive scientists trying to do their research … The biomedicalization of life itself (human, plant, and animal) is the key overarching and usually taken for granted social process here’ (Clarke 1998: 273–5).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0141-9889
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 3 May 2017
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2018 03:32
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/102255

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