Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth
ISBN: 1479853577
EAN13: 9781479853571
Language: English
Publication Date: Jun 25, 2019
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Winner, 2020 Eileen Basker Memorial Prize, given by the Society for Medical Anthropology

Honorable Mention, 2020 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, given by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology

Finalist, 2020 PROSE Award in the Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology category, given by the Association of American Publishers

A troubling study of the role that medical racism plays in the lives of black women who have given birth to premature and low birth weight infants

Black women have higher rates of premature birth than other women in America. This cannot be simply explained by economic factors, with poorer women lacking resources or access to care. Even professional, middle-class black women are at a much higher risk of premature birth than low-income white women in the United States. D na-Ain Davis looks into this phenomenon, placing racial differences in birth outcomes into a historical context, revealing that ideas about reproduction and race today have been influenced by the legacy of ideas which developed during the era of slavery.

While poor and low-income black women are often the mascots of premature birth outcomes, this book focuses on professional black women, who are just as likely to give birth prematurely. Read More chevron_right

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