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Reproductive Justice and Sexual Rights

Transnational Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Tanya Saroj Bakhru


240 pages

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This book interrogates the politics of sexual and reproductive rights from a transnational feminist perspective. Taking an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach, the book provides the reader with a nuanced and in depth understanding of the role that forces of globalization have played in women’s sexual and reproductive lives in the 21st century.

The book begins with an examination of the significance of transnational women’s health movement(s) as a response to the convergence of social, political, and economic forces unique to the current globalized era. Subsequent chapters examine these forces as they play out in socially and geographically specific locations. The book is organized into four thematic sections: the continuing impacts of colonization on women’s bodies and sexual and reproductive health; interactions between the State, the law, and sexual and reproductive rights; the ways in which migration shapes women’s sexual and reproductive health experiences; and the engagement with transnational politics by women’s health organizers. Within these themes, case studies of Ireland, India, Senegal, Colombia, Mexico, Uganda, and the United States are highlighted. In addition, specific issues such as sex selection and son preference, the criminalization of abortion, mental and physical health needs of migrant women, indigenous rights, and population control and family planning policies are tackled. Contributors include activists working on the ground as well as scholars and researchers.

Table of Contents

Introduction:Thinking Transnationally: Reproductive Justice in a Globalized Era

Tanya Saroj Bakhru

Part I. Colonial Legacies and Post-colonial Conditions

White Property Interests in Native Women’s Reproductive Freedom: Slavery to Transracial Adoption

Soma de Bourbon

A Body Is a Body: The Embodied Politics of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Contemporary Irish Art and Culture

Kate Antosik-Parsons

Population Discourse, Family Planning Policies, and Development in Colombia, 1960-1969

Alisa Sánchez

Part II. The State, the Law, and Sexual and Reproductive Justice

Indigenous Reproductive Justice after Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (2013)

Krista L. Benson

Passing for Reproduction: How Lesbians in Taiwan Use Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Szu-Ying Ho

Abortion Rights and Human Rights in Mexico

Jennifer Nelson

Part III. Migration and Access to Care

Access to Maternity Care for Undocumented Migrant Women in Europe

Rayah Feldman

¿Me Ves?: How Bay Area Health Agencies Address the Mental Health Needs of Migrant Women of Color During Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Experiences

Morgan Melendres Mentz

Part IV. Globalization, Reproduction, and Transnational Politics

As Many as I Can Afford: Ideal Family Size in Contemporary Uganda

Erin M. Heinz and Louise Marie Roth

Boon and Bane of Reproductive Technologies: The Impact of Son Preference and Prenatal Sex Selection in a Globalized World

Johanna Kostenzer

Provincializing Intersex: U.S. Intersex Activism, Human Rights, and Transnational Body Politics

David A. Rubin

About the Editor

Tanya Saroj Bakhru holds a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from University College Dublin, Ireland. She is currently an Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at San Jose State University. Her research areas include feminist critiques of globalization, reproductive justice, and transnational feminism.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies