Reproducing Race, an ethnography of pregnancy and birth at a large New York City public hospital, explores the role of race in the medical setting. Khiara M. Bridges investigates how race- commonly seen as biological in the medical world- is socially constructed among women dependent on the public healthcare system for prenatal care and childbirth, and demonstrates how the "medicalization" of social problems reproduces racial stereotypes and governs the bodies of poor women of color.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-286) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Alpha Hospital : unique, but not singular Pregnancy, Medicaid, state regulation, and legal subjection The production of unruly bodies The "primitive pelvis," racial folklore, and atavism in contemporary form of medical disenfranchisement The curious case of the "Alpha patient population" Wily patients, welfare queens, and the reiteration of race.
KF3825.M38 B75 2011
Berkeley : University of California Press,