Reproduction, Health, and Medicine Vol: 20

Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong
Princeton University, USA

Susan Markens
Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, USA

Miranda R. Waggoner
Florida State University, USA

Product Details
22 Nov 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
304 pages - 152 x 229mm
Advances in Medical Sociology


At a moment when reproduction is increasingly politicized, this volume explores the breadth of contemporary research on reproduction from the perspective of medical sociology, illuminating the lived experience of reproduction and offering insights to inform sociology and health policy. 

Reproduction, Health, and Medicine elucidates the tensions and contradictions between the normal physiologic processes of pregnancy and birth and the sociocultural beliefs, values, and arrangements that shape how we experience these biological phenomena. Investigating a range of reproductive events and experiences, including pregnancy, birth, abortion and fertility planning, the volume advances our understanding of how lay people and professionals make cultural meaning out of these processes in diverse settings. The chapters highlight how studies of reproduction, health, and medicine interface with core sociological concepts such as stratification, inequality, intersectionality, family and kinship, risk, and social control, and how experiences of reproduction are shaped by gender, race, class, sexuality and citizenship, as well as culture, health care systems, and health politics.
Introduction: Reproduction Through the Lens of Medical Sociology; Susan Markens, Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, And Miranda R. Waggoner
Part I. Medical Technology as Peril or Promise 
Post-Abortion Care in Senegal: A Promising Terrain for Medical Sociology Research on Global Abortion Politics; Siri Suh 
When Less Is More: Shifting Risk Management in American Childbirth; Kellie Owens 
Bhutanese Refugees, Mothering, And Medicalization; Ashley F. Kim 
Women's Motivations For "Choosing" Unassisted Childbirth: A Compromise of Ideals and Structural Barriers; Lauren A. Diamond-Brown 
Part II. Knowledge and Its Consequences 
Reframing and Resisting: How Women Navigate the Medicalization of Pregnancy Weight; David J. Hutson Complicating the Generational Disconnect: Pregnant Women, Grandmothers-To-Be, And Medicalization; Danielle Bessett 
A Matter of Health and Safety: Science and The State In Texas Abortion Legislation; Alexis M. Kenney Stratification in Reproductive Healthcare: An Analysis of Pathways Of Inclusion Among Sexual Minorities, Substance Users, and Women Who Use Midwives; Katharine Mccabe 
Part III. Reproductive Experiences and Decision-Making 
The Legacy of Symphysiotomy In Ireland: A Reproductive Justice Approach to Obstetric Violence; Cara Delay and Beth Sundstrom 
"My Abortion Made Me A Good Mom": An Analysis of The Use of Motherhood Identity to Dispel Abortion Stigma; Andréa Becker 
Feeding the Cesarean Cycle? Examining the Role of Childbirth Education Classes; Katherine M. Johnson, Richard M. Simon, Jessica L. Liddell, and Sarah Kington 
Family Completion as Part of The Reproductive Cycle: What It Means to Be "Done"; Alexis T. Franzese, Kaitlin Stober, And Amy Mccurdy
Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong is Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Her research interests include the sociology of pregnancy and birth, maternal and child health policy, and medical ethics. 
Susan Markens is Associate Professor of Sociology at Lehman College and The Graduate Center at CUNY. Her research focuses on reproduction, genetics, and health.  
Miranda R. Waggoner is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics at Florida State University. Her research examines the social, ethical, and cultural dimensions of biomedical knowledge production.

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