Thesis ID: CBB697607461

Revisioning Reproductive Health Care Practices Within the Healthcare Industry: A Study in Clinical and Organizational Bioethics (2023)


This dissertation is a study of the mechanisms within the healthcare industry that shape the trajectory of reproductive health outcomes for individuals made vulnerable by social and political marginalization. The dissertation uses critical genealogy and discourse analysis to investigate the rhetoric around the birth equity crisis. The critically engages the discourse concerning the disproportionate number of Black women and infants who die during the process of birth and demonstrates this how the discourse allocates institutional and individual responsibility for suffering. The dissertation then moves to investigate how two fields of nonclinical practitioners (clinical bioethics and doulas) engage reproductive suffering in ways that both replicate and resist the constructs of the biomedical gaze. Finally, the dissertation focuses constructively on visionary speculative fictions as a counter-response to the hegemony of the biomedical gaze that offers alternative ethical frameworks that improve the quality of reproductive healthcare and expand the socio-ethical possibilities of reproductive flourishing.

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Authors & Contributors
Banchoff, Thomas F.
Cowan, Ruth Schwartz
Doyle, Shane
Franklin, Sarah Brooks
Gambino, Matthew Joseph
Hogarth, Rana Asali
American Historical Review
American Journal of Medical Genetics
Comparative Studies in Society and History
History of Psychiatry
Korean Journal of Medical History
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
University of Arizona
University of Minnesota
Pennsylvania State University
Texas A&M University
New York University
Cornell University Press
Reproductive medicine
Medicine and race
Black people
Biology and ethics; bioethics
African Americans and science
African Americans
Foucault, Michel
Warnock, Mary
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
20th century, early
21st century
20th century
18th century
United States
Great Britain
New Orleans (Louisiana, U.S.)

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