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The Visible Woman : Imaging Technologies, Gender, and Science - Paula A. Treichler

The Visible Woman

Imaging Technologies, Gender, and Science

By: Paula A. Treichler (Editor), Lisa Cartwright (Editor), Constance Penley (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1998
ISBN: 9780814715567
Number Of Pages: 408

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Hand in hand with such health crises as HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and the resurgence of tuberculosis has come an explosion of scientific and medical technologies. As technology documents illness with ever greater precision and clarity, the knowledge and vocabulary of patients is being similarly expanded by activists, consumer advocates, and artists working with new electronic technologies.

Into this breach steps The Visible Woman, collecting professional, academic, and lay viewpoints on gender and the role of visual and textual representation in contemporary health and science. From fetal photography and mammography to mental retardation and chronic fatigue syndrome, The Visible Woman reveals how identities are constructed in medical research and public health initiatives, as well as in popular press accounts of health. New ways of seeing the body, through medical imaging, plastic and sexual surgery, and services for people with disabilities, are all informed, the book argues, by a broader cultural fascination with visuality and media.

Emphasizing the authors' first-hand experiences as medical practitioners, activists, scholars, and patients, The Visible Woman breaks with more established approaches that cast patients as passive objects of medical inquiry, and medical professionals as perpetrators of institutional exploitation in the name of the public good. Asking what it means to be on both ends of the microscope, The Visible Woman highlights the complex perspectives of medical and scientific practitioners who themselves exist both inside and outside their workplaces and professional identities.

The contributors are Michael BAA(c)rubAA(c), Lisa Cartwright, Stacie A. Colwell, Richard Cone, Anne Eckman, Valerie Hartouni, Janet Lyon, Emily Martin, Gaye Naismith, Mark Rose, Ella Shohat, Vivian Sobchack, Carol Stabile, Sandy Stone, and Paula A. Treichler.

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". . . this volume has much to offer readers interested in science and technology and constructs of the body, expecially the 'normal' body."

-Disabilities Studies Quarterly

Introduction: Paradoxes of Visibilityp. 1
A Cultural Anatomy of the Visible Human Projectp. 21
The End of the Road
Gender, the Dissemination of Knowledge, and the American Campaign against Venereal Disease during World War Ip. 44
Maybe Next Year
Feminist Silence and the AIDS Epidemicp. 83
Beyond "The Yentl Syndrome"
Making Women Visible in Post-1990 Women's Health Discoursep. 130
Shooting the Mother
Fetal Photography and the Politics of Disappearancep. 171
Fetal Exposures
Abortion Politics and the Optics of Allusionp. 198
Mothers and Authors
Johnson v. Calvert and the New Children of Our Imaginationsp. 217
"Lasers for Ladies"
Endo Discourse and the Inscription of Sciencep. 240
Living on Disability
Language and Social Policy in the Wake of the ADAp. 273
The Empire Strikes Back
A Posttransexual Manifestop. 285
Beating the Meat/Surviving the Text, or How to Get out of This Century Alivep. 310
Corporeal Flows
The Immune System, Global Economies of Food, and New Implications for Healthp. 321
Tales from the Crypt
Contamination and Quarantine in Todd Haynes's [Safe]p. 360
Contributorsp. 389
Indexp. 393
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780814715567
ISBN-10: 0814715567
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st April 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.74

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