A collection of essays, framed with original introductions, Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings helps students to think critically about reproduction as a social phenomenon. Divided into six rich and varied sections, this book offers students and instructors a broad overview of the social meanings of reproduction and offers opportunities to explore significant questions of how resources are allocated, individuals are regulated, and how very much is at stake as people and communities aim to determine their own family size and reproductive experiences. This is an ideal core text for courses on reproduction, sexuality, gender, the family, and public health.

chapter |11 pages


Reproduction and the Public Interest in Private Acts

section I|31 pages

Contraception and Sterilization

chapter 1|13 pages

The Folklore of Birth Control

chapter 3|11 pages

The Fertility of Women of Mexican Origin

A Social Constructionist Approach

chapter 4|1 pages

The Economic Impact of the Pill

section II|54 pages


section III|37 pages

Reproductive Technologies

chapter 11|7 pages

Selling Genes, Selling Gender

chapter 14|15 pages

The Belly Mommy and the Fetus Sitter

The Reproductive Marketplace and Family Intimacies 1

section IV|61 pages

Pregnancy and Birth

chapter 15|13 pages

Reproduction in Bondage

chapter 16|7 pages

Maternal Mortality in the United States

A Human Rights Failure

chapter 19|5 pages

Motherhood Lost

Cultural Dimensions of Miscarriage and Stillbirth in America

chapter 21|14 pages

The Liability Threat in Obstetrics

section V|40 pages

Special Populations Targeted for Reproductive Control

chapter 22|4 pages

Invisible Immigrants

What Will Immigration Reform Mean for Migrant Women?

chapter 23|8 pages

Roe v. Wade and the New Jane Crow

Reproductive Rights in the Age of Mass Incarceration

chapter 24|3 pages


Dr. Carolyn Sufrin, Prison Ob/Gyn

section VI|35 pages

The Way Forward