Reproducing Race

Reproducing Race

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Reproducing Race, an ethnography of pregnancy and birth at a large New York City public hospital, explores the role of race in the medical setting. Khiara M. Bridges investigates how racea€”commonly seen as biological in the medical worlda€”is socially constructed among women dependent on the public healthcare system for prenatal care and childbirth. Bridges argues that race carries powerful material consequences for these women even when it is not explicitly named, showing how they are marginalized by the practices and assumptions of the clinic staff. Deftly weaving ethnographic evidence into broader discussions of Medicaid and racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality, Bridges shines new light on the politics of healthcare for the poor, demonstrating how the qmedicalizationq of social problems reproduces racial stereotypes and governs the bodies of poor women of color.Office of Medicaid Management. 2007. Prenatal Care Assistance Program (PCAP ): Medicaid policy guidelines manual. New York: New York State Department of Health Press. Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities. 2009. Eliminatinganbsp;...

Title:Reproducing Race
Author:Khiara Bridges
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2011-03-18


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