The new edition of Key Concepts in Gender Studies is a lively and engaging introduction to this dynamic field. Thoroughly revised throughout, the second edition benefits from the addition of nine new concepts including Gender Social Movements, Intersectionality and Mainstreaming. Each of the entries: • begins with a concise definition • outlines the history of each term and the debates surrounding it • includes illustrations of how the concept has been applied within the field • offers examples which allow a critical re-evaluation of the concept • is cross-referenced with the other key concepts • ends with guidance on further reading. A must-buy for undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of social science and humanities disciplines.

Reproductive Technologies

Reproductive Technologies

The concept of reproductive technologies refers to a wide range of medico-technological knowledge and practices concerned with human sexual reproduction. The oldest types of reproductive technologies are those which aim to control fertility, either through the prevention of conception (the withdrawal method, condoms), the termination of a pregnancy (through inducing a miscarriage or abortion) or through infanticide. A second type of reproductive technologies are those medical practices used in the management of childbirth, such as caesareans and episiotomies, forceps, labour-inducing drugs and foetal monitoring. A third grouping are ‘technologies of conception’ whose purpose is to overcome or bypass infertility, through procedures such as artificial insemination, surrogacy, the freezing of sperm or eggs, and in vitro fertilisation (or IVF). A further category of ...

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