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Author Taylor, Janelle S., 1965-

Title The public life of the fetal sonogram : technology, consumption, and the politics of reproduction / Janelle S. Taylor
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2008
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 205 pages) : illustrations
Series Studies in medical anthropology
Studies in medical anthropology.
Contents Sonographers and the making of the public fetus -- Obstetrical ultrasound between medical practice and public culture -- Love machine : the theory of ultrasound bonding -- Prenatal diagnosis, pregnancy, and consumption -- Entertaining fetuses : keepsake ultrasound and crisis pregnancy centers
Summary In The Public Life of the Fetal Sonogram, medical anthropologist Janelle S. Taylor analyzes the full sociocultural context of ultrasound technology and imagery. Drawing upon ethnographic research both within and beyond the medical setting, Taylor shows how ultrasound has entered into public consumer culture in the United States. The book documents and critically analyzes societal uses for ultrasound such as nondiagnostic?keepsake? ultrasound businesses that foster a new consumer market for these blurry, monochromatic images of eagerly awaited babies, and anti-abortion clinics that use ultraso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-196) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Fetus -- Ultrasonic imaging -- Social aspects.
Ultrasonography, Prenatal -- statistics & numerical data.
Marketing of Health Services.
Mothers -- psychology.
Ultrasonography, Prenatal -- psychology.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007051732
ISBN 0813545609 (electronic bk.)
9780813545608 (electronic bk.)
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