Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Down's Syndrome Screening and Reproductive Politics: Care, Choice, and Disability in the Prenatal Clinic (Hardback)
  • Down's Syndrome Screening and Reproductive Politics: Care, Choice, and Disability in the Prenatal Clinic (Hardback)
zoom

Down's Syndrome Screening and Reproductive Politics: Care, Choice, and Disability in the Prenatal Clinic (Hardback)

(author)
£115.00
Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 02/03/2017
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Nominated for the Foundation of Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize 2018

In the UK and beyond, Down's syndrome screening has become a universal programme in prenatal care. But why does screening persist, particularly in light of research that highlights pregnant women's ambivalent and problematic experiences with it?

Drawing on an ethnography of Down's syndrome screening in two UK clinics, Thomas explores how and why we are so invested in this practice and what effects this has on those involved. Informed by theoretical approaches that privilege the mundane and micro practices, discourses, materials, and rituals of everyday life, Down's Syndrome Screening and Reproductive Politics describes the banal world of the clinic and, in particular, the professionals contained within it who are responsible for delivering this programme. In so doing, it illustrates how Down's syndrome screening is `downgraded' and subsequently stabilised as a `routine' part of a pregnancy. Further, the book captures how this routinisation is deepened by a systematic, but subtle, framing of Down's syndrome as a negative pregnancy outcome. By unpacking the complex relationships between professionals, parents, technology, policy, and clinical practice, Thomas identifies how and why screening is successfully routinised and how it is embroiled in both new and familiar debates surrounding pregnancy, ethics, choice, diagnosis, care, disability, and parenthood.

The book will appeal to academics, students, and professionals interested in medical sociology, medical anthropology, science and technology studies (STS), bioethics, genetics, and/or disability studies.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138959132
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Gareth M. Thomas has produced a thoughtful, rich, nuanced presentation of the normalization of down syndrome screening, hoping to `ignite more reflexive and pluralistic dialogues.' If only that would happen- that more people read, and thought, and spoke about what it means to introduce and make ordinary prenatal screening for more of these predictable conditions. It is an urgent conversation and Thomas has pushed it along in valuable ways'. Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York

`This fascinating, timely, and highly original book presents a rich ethnographic study of Down's Syndrome (DS) screening in two hospital clinics. With a focus on the routine practices and daily work through which test procedures are managed, risk assessments are communicated, and moral responsibility is assigned, we see how DS screening is simultaneously framed as mundane, low status work and as important to the process of decision-making during a pregnancy. Social interactions between healthcare professionals and expectant parents are central to this process, alongside questions of classification and categorisation, material and spatial architecture, and dramaturgical identity performance. Drawing on medical sociology, symbolic interactionism, and ethnomethodology, Gareth Thomas presents a convincing and compelling argument about how the downgrading of DS screening is routinely accomplished through a network of power relations, discursive accounts, and everyday talk.' - Susie Scott, University of Sussex

'Down's Syndrome Screening and Reproductive Politics takes the reader deep inside the "extraordinariness of ordinariness" to scrutinize how the professional practices of midwives and sonographers trivialize the tests pregnant women, and their supporters, have for this and other disabling conditions. Based on extensive sociological fieldwork in the U.K., this book provides a valuable analysis of the expert discourses that now inform contemporary reproductive politics, wherever prenatal testing is routinized.' Rayna Rapp, New York University and author of Testing Women, Testing the Foetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America

'In summary, Down's Syndrome Screening and Reproductive Politics is a clear, thoughtful and measured presentation of Thomas' research. He comes across as a measured researcher and is careful not to overstate his claims as he sets out to demonstrate that screening for Down's syndrome has become a routinised part of pregnancy, is downgraded by professionals in their daily practices and discourse, and that the condition is perceived as a negative pregnancy outcome. This is done succinctly and cogently and will be of interest to scholars and students interested in bioethics, medical sociology, genetics and the ongoing debates in reproductive ethics and politics.' Daniel Rodger, London South Bank University, Review in The New Bioethics

You may also be interested in...

The Wounded Storyteller
Added to basket
Health
Added to basket
£15.99
Paperback
The Sociology of Healthcare
Added to basket
After the Wrath of God
Added to basket
Health and Globalization
Added to basket
A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
Added to basket
Pandemics
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Medical Anthropology
Added to basket
£28.99
Paperback
Key Concepts in Medical Sociology
Added to basket
League Of Denial
Added to basket
Anti-Psychiatry
Added to basket
£26.95
Hardback
A Reader in Medical Anthropology
Added to basket
Infinite Possibilities
Added to basket
Social Epidemiology
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.