This book challenges orthodox public perspectives on reproduction. It relies on participant observation, field censuses, interviews, and use of official demographic, epidemiological, and health statistics.
1. Politics and Reproduction: A Window on Social Change 2. The Politics of Reproductive Biology: Exclusionary Policies in the United States 3. The Politics of Obstetric Care: The Inuit Experience 4. The Politics of Birth: Cultural Dimensions of Pain, Virtue, and Control Among the Bariba of Benin 5. The Politics of Children: Fosterage and the Social Management of Fertility Among the Mende of Sierra Leone 6. The Politics of Below-Replacement Fertility: Policy and Power in Hungary 7. The Politics of Parenthood: Fairness, Freedom and Responsibility in American Reproductive Choices 8. The Politics of Choice: Abortion as Insurrection 9. The Politics of Adolescent Pregnancy: Turf and Teens in Louisiana 10. The Politics of Family Planning: Sterilization and Human Rights in Bangladesh 11. The Politics of AIDS, Condoms, and Heterosexual Relations in Africa: Recent Evidence from the Local Print Media