Health and Reproduction

Although reproduction is a biological process, the cultural norms, social institutions, and personal experiences associated with reproduction vary considerably. In this course, we will explore the social construction and social control of reproduction by considering who is (and is not) encouraged to reproduce, and the ways in which both reproduction and women’s bodies are regulated through institutions, interactions, and ideologies. Key topics include: contraception, abortion, the medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth, assisted reproductive technologies, and the burgeoning “baby business.”

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