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- DescriptionReproducing Race, an ethgraphy 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. Bridges argues that race carries powerful material consequences for these women even when it is t explicitly named, showing how they are marginalized by the practices and assumptions of the clinic staff. Deftly weaving ethgraphic evidence into broader discussions of Medicaid and racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality, Bridges shines new light on the politics of healthcare for the poor, demonstrating how the 'medicalization' of social problems reproduces racial stereotypes and governs the bodies of poor women of color.
- Author BiographyKhiara M. Bridges is Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University.
- Author(s)Khiara M. Bridges
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication18/03/2011
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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