First published in 1998, Reproducing Narrative sets out to interrogate a number of medico-legal reproductive discourses. Recognizing that these dialogues are heavily imprecated in broader social, political and economic discourses it is contended that responses to reproductive issues are influenced and possibly determined, by non-reproductive concerns both at a parochial and more general level. Whilst a number of such influential narratives are recognized the book concentrates on the narratives of gender which appear implicit within the discourses and practices considered. Given the productive nature of discourse and the traditional premising of gender on sexual difference it becomes apparent that the explicit figuring of the female reproductive body becomes a means of realizing the implicit gender narratives within these discourses. Privileged medico-legal discourses become understood as a technology of gender - an important site at which gender is constituted.
Table of Contents
Part 1. 1. The Doctor, the Profession, his Patient and her Abortion. 2. Woman, Medicine and Abortion in the Nineteenth Century. Part 2. 3. The Abortion Act 1967: Supporting Narratives. 4. The Abortion Act 1967: Opposing Narratives. Part 3. 5. Employing the Body and Industrial Foetal Protection. 6. New Reproductive Technologies: the (Post)modern Prometheus. 7. Legislating for the Monstrous: the Monstrous Feminine and Access to Reproductive Services. 8. Concluding Narratives: Applying the Past.
’Thomson provides a balanced analytical approach, which is comprehensively referenced, finely nuanced and eclectic...this publication is informative and provocative. Thomson’s research is entirely relevant to those medical and legal professionals who rise to the challenge of reflecting upon social consequences of their practices and professions.’ Journal of Medical Ethics ’...there are some very valid and useful insights that can be distilled, particularly regarding sexism in the traditional medical establishment.’ International Social Science Review ’...an outstanding piece of work. This is a very readable book which should prove of great value to both academics and students alike...this book constitutes an insightful and original contribution.’ Res Publica