Dec 14, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalogue 
2018-2019 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ANTH 29901 - Gbl Politics of Reproduction

Course Credit: 1
GLOBAL POLITICS OF REPRODUCTION This course will look at experiences and expectations of reproduction to explore how reproductive politics are intricately linked with the politics of nations, as well as cultural norms and expectations. We will consider how approaches to contraception, fertility, childbirth, and childcare differ across cultures, and often vary within cultures as a result of race-, class-, age-, gender-, and sexuality-based inequities. How, for instance, has the advent of new reproductive technologies (such as medicalized abortion and contraception, in vitro fertilization, and amniocentesis) affected our expectations and experiences of reproduction? How are women’s bodies racialized through pregnancy and prenatal care? How has uneven access to reproductive technologies throughout the world affected reproductive options and choices? How has the medicalization of childbirth affected traditional birthways and why are we seeing a resurgence of interest in midwifery and holistic healthcare in North America and Europe? How do approaches to sex, childbirth and childcare vary throughout the world-and who determines the right way to conceive, give birth, or raise a child? Prerequisite(s): ANTH-11000 [HSS]