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Review Essay: Reproduction in the United States

Review Essay: Reproduction in the United States REVIEW ESSAY: REPRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950–1980 By Rebecca M. Kluchin (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009) (269 pages, $45.95 cloth; $26.95 paper) Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate By John H. Evans (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010) (267 pages, $45.00 cloth; $7.00 to $36.00 ebook) Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950–1980 and Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate both address women’s reproductive issues. Fit to Be Tied does so by investigating the history of sterilization in the 20th century, whereas Contested Reproduction focuses on the discourses used to argue for or against Reproductive Genetic Technologies (RGTs). Both books also consider the history of eugenics in relationship to their main topics. Using different methodologies and sources, the books contribute to an understanding of reproductive issues in the United States. To begin, Rebecca M. Kluchin’s Fit to Be Tied deals with the history of sterilization over the course of the 20th century. Kluchin demonstrates that “reproductive fitness” or “the relative worth of a person’s genetic or cultural abilities” (p. 2) has changed over time and in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Review Essay: Reproduction in the United States

Nursing History Review , Volume 21 (1): 3 – Jan 1, 2013

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.21.119
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REVIEW ESSAY: REPRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950–1980 By Rebecca M. Kluchin (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009) (269 pages, $45.95 cloth; $26.95 paper) Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate By John H. Evans (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010) (267 pages, $45.00 cloth; $7.00 to $36.00 ebook) Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950–1980 and Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate both address women’s reproductive issues. Fit to Be Tied does so by investigating the history of sterilization in the 20th century, whereas Contested Reproduction focuses on the discourses used to argue for or against Reproductive Genetic Technologies (RGTs). Both books also consider the history of eugenics in relationship to their main topics. Using different methodologies and sources, the books contribute to an understanding of reproductive issues in the United States. To begin, Rebecca M. Kluchin’s Fit to Be Tied deals with the history of sterilization over the course of the 20th century. Kluchin demonstrates that “reproductive fitness” or “the relative worth of a person’s genetic or cultural abilities” (p. 2) has changed over time and in

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2013

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