Sex Roles (2011) 64:589–591 DOI 10.1007/s11199-010-9906-z BOOK REVIEW The Evolution of Pregnancy from a Private to a Public Event over the Ages Sanctioning Pregnancy. By Harriet Gross and Helen Pattison, Routledge, London, England, 2007. 177 pp. $26.95 (paperback). ISBN-13: 978-0-415-21159-8 Lynda M. Federoff Received: 9 October 2010 /Accepted: 25 November 2010 /Published online: 6 February 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 The book Sanctioning Pregnancy by Harriet Gross and Chapter 2 addresses the paradoxes of pregnancy within a Helen Pattison addresses how socially-embedded attitudes historical context and sets up the theoretical basis from and assumptions about pregnancy, such as those found in which the authors examine research regarding pregnancy. British and American society, influence how research topics During much of history, the outcomes of pregnancy were regarding pregnancy are chosen, how the research is unsure and fraught with danger. There was an understand- conducted, and, lastly how sociocultural attitudes impact ing, however, that the outcomes were largely beyond the the inferences drawn from the observed results of studies. control of the women themselves or their midwives and The authors goal, to examine how attitudes, assumptions, physicians. The authors point out that, years ago, pregnancy and myths about pregnancy impact
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