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dc.contributor.advisor Georges, Eugenia
dc.creatorJones, Laura Kathryn
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-08T00:34:49Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-08T00:34:49Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/70282
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is based on seventeen months of ethnographic fieldwork that followed the development and diffusion of extended-cycle hormonal contraception, or birth control that is designed to eliminate monthly bleeding. It encompassed several sites and multiple constituencies: a clinical trial, documented medical conferences, users, potential users, and refusers of the pharmaceuticals, along with key academic and popular proponents of their adoption. Extended-cycle contraception is a critical topic because this new generation of pills, IUDs, shots, and implants is not only refiguring the length of women's cycles, but it is also augmenting the extent to which its users' bodies are medicalized, or subjected to a type of manipulation and regulation that was previously impossible. No longer just for pregnancy prevention, these regimens are increasingly touted as elective enhancement technologies that may improve on the human design, on the one hand, and as crucial preventative medicine for diseases such as reproductive cancers, on the other hand. Remarkably, these pharmaceuticals are as socially complex as they are chemically--they may facilitate the renegotiation of constructions of womanhood, nature, and progress.
dc.format.extent 214 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectHealth sciences
Environmental science
Social sciences
Hormonal contraception
Birth control
Medicalization
Menstruation
Menstrual suppression
Extended-cycle contraception
Cultural anthropology
Medicine
Women's studies
dc.title Over the Moon: Extended-Cycle Contraception and the Recent Evolution of Medicine and Womanhood
dc.identifier.digital JonesL
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Anthropology
thesis.degree.discipline Social Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Jones, Laura Kathryn. "Over the Moon: Extended-Cycle Contraception and the Recent Evolution of Medicine and Womanhood." (2011) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/70282.


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