Reproducing genes : a feminist analysis of genetic ties in the age of high-tech parenthood

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dc.contributor.advisor Sherwin, Susan, 1947-
dc.creator Singleton, Julie Louise
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:32:16Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:32:16Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.other HQ755.8 S556 2001
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22539
dc.description 147 leaves ; 28 cm
dc.description Includes abstract
dc.description 'Interuniversity Master of Arts in Women's Studies Programme...'
dc.description.abstract The social construction of familial relationships in Western society tends to value the genetic relationship between parents and children. This belief has been central in assigning normative status to the genetically related nuclear family. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a recent reproductive technology that allows infertile heterosexual couples the chance to create a genetically related child. This feminist analysis of the social construction of IVF reveals that the contemporary use of this technology both reflects and reinforces the dominance of the genetically related nuclear family as the normative family form. While the experiences and consequences related to IVF can be both positive and negative for individual women who use this technology, feminists have identified the privileging of the nuclear family as being problematic for women as a social group.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University
dc.subject.lcc HQ755.8
dc.subject.lcsh Families
dc.subject.lcsh Human reproductive technology -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Infertility -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Fertilization in vitro, Human -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist theory
dc.title Reproducing genes : a feminist analysis of genetic ties in the age of high-tech parenthood
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Women's Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Women's Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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