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Reproducing Narrative

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Michael ThomsonSchool and Department of Law, Keele University

ISBN13: 9781855219298
ISBN: 1855219298
Published: January 2000
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



This work is a collection of reproductive discourses. The author claims these discourses exist as one of the many sites or technologies through which gender is constructed. The primary narrative focuses on gender and the author argues that within reproductive discourses and practice there are strong narratives of gender - narratives that may be read as representing a ""social relation"". The secondary narrative concerns medical power and the relationship between these two narratives.;It begins in part one with an analysis of the 19th-centry campaign to criminalize abortion, locating the campaign within the context of the occupational assertion of medicine, its transition from occupation to profession. To highlight the role of gender within these discourses, medical opposition to abortion is juxtaposed with medical opposition to female higher education.;The discursive patterns regarding gender highlighted in part one are reconsidered in part two in considering elements of the English abortion debate in the latter half of the 20th century. The author considers the female subject positions constructed within the Parliamentary debates around the Abortion Act of 1967, the Alton Bill 1987, and section 37 of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Act 1990.;Part three extends the analysis of industrial foetal protection policies. The development of corporate policies and legislation broadcast is aimed at the exclusion of women from toxic workplaces on the basis of perceived foetal vulnerability is open to analysis.

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Contents:
Part I: The doctor, the profession, his patient and her abortion; woman, medicine and abortion in the 19th-century. Part II: The Abortion Act 1967 - supporting narratives; The Abortion Act 1967 - opposing narratives. Part III: Employing the body and industrial foetal protection; new reproductive technologies - the (post)modern Prometheus; legislating for the monstrous - the monstrous feminine and access to reproductive services; concluding narratives - applying the past.