Bodies of Knowledge: The Medicalization of Reproduction in Greece

Bodies of Knowledge: The Medicalization of Reproduction in Greece

by Eugenia Georges

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Overview

Recipient of the 2006 Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the best project in the area of medicine.

The author, a second-generation Greek American, returned to Greece with her young daughter to do fieldwork over the course of a decade. Focusing on Rhodes, an island that blends continuity with the past and rapid social change in often unexpected ways, she interviewed over a hundred women, doctors, and midwives about issues of reproduction.

The result is a detailed portrait of how a longstanding system of "local" gynecological and obstetrical knowledge under the control of women was rapidly displaced in the the period following World War II, and how the technologically-intensive biomedical model that took its place in turn assumed its own distinctive signature.

Bodies of Knowledge is a vivid ethnographic study of how a presumably globalizing and homogenizing process like medicalization can be reshaped as women and medical experts alike selectively accept or reject new practices and technologies. Georges found, for example, that women in Rhodes have enthusiastically embraced some new technologies, like fetal imaging during pregnancy, but rejected others, like medical contraception. They are also avid consumers of popular childbirth manuals.

This book is the recipient of the 2006 Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the best project in the area of medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826515988
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date: 12/29/2008
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Eugenia Georges, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rice University, is the author of The Making of a Transnational Community: Migration, Development, and Cultural Change in the Dominican Republic.

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