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When IVF Fails : Feminism, Infertility and the Negotiation of Normality - Karen Throsby

When IVF Fails

Feminism, Infertility and the Negotiation of Normality

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In spite of the fact that almost eighty percent of all IVF cycles are unsuccessful, the dominant representations of the technology are of its success. Based on extensive interviews with women and couples who have undergone IVF unsuccessfully and who have since stopped treatment, and taking an overtly feminist approach, the book explores the ways in which IVF failure is experienced and accounted for. The book argues that IVF failure and the end of treatment have to be carefully managed over time in order to construct the self as 'normal' in the profoundly gendered context of reproductive normativity. Treatment failure is identified in the book not only as a central, but largely excluded, aspect of the experience of IVF, but also of a proliferating range of new, more controversial reproductive and genetic technologies.

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
A Feminist Approach to IVFp. 20
Normalising IVF: Negotiating Nature and Technologyp. 54
Coping with Consumptionp. 80
Managing Visibilityp. 109
Taking Responsibilityp. 134
Seeking Resolutionp. 162
Conclusionp. 187
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 198
Indexp. 210
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ISBN: 9781403935540
ISBN-10: 1403935548
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1