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The Global Biopolitics of the IUD
Author: Chikako Takeshita

ISBN: 9780262016582
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 20 October 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1
Description:


The intrauterine device (IUD) is used by 150 million women around the world. It is the second most prevalent method of female fertility control in the global South and the third most prevalent in the global North. Over its five decades of use, the IUD has been viewed both as a means for women's reproductive autonomy and as coercive tool of state-imposed population control, as a convenient form of birth control on a par with the pill and as a threat to women's health. In this book, Chikako Takeshita investigates the development, marketing, and use of the IUD since the 1960s. She offers a biography of a multifaceted technological object through a feminist science studies lens, tracing the transformations of the scientific discourse around it over time and across different geographies. Takeshita describes how developers of the IUD adapted to different social interests in their research and how changing assumptions about race, class, and female sexuality often guided scienti...

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