New in paperback. Harecover was published in 1999. Explores the complex and contradictory nature of prenatal diagnosis and its social impact and cultural meaning through the narratives of the people who have experienced it.
Rich with the voices and stories of participants, these touching, firsthand accounts examine how women of diverse racial, ethnic, class and religious backgrounds perceive prenatal testing, the most prevalent and routinized of the new reproducing technologies. Based on the author's decade of research and her own personal experiences with amniocentesis, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus explores the "geneticization" of family life in all its complexity and diversity.
1. How Methodology Bleeds into Daily Life 2. Accounting for Amniocentesis 3. The Communication of Risk 4. Contested Conceptions and Misconceptions 5. Waiting and Watching 6. The Disabled Fetal Imaginary 7. Refusing 8. Culturing Chromosomes, or What's in the Soup 9. An Error in Cell Division, or the Power of Positive Diagnosis 10. The Unexpected Baby 11. Ending Are Really Beginnings