BOOKS RECEIVED: Paula Knight, “The Facts of Life” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In the 1970s, best friends Polly and April collect hazy knowledge about the facts of lifesex, reproduction, and gender normsthrough the gossip of older girls, magazines and books, and the everyday behavior of their families and teachers. What they learn… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: MK Czerwiec, “Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In 1994, at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, MK Czerwiec took her first nursing job, at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, as part of the caregiving staff of HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371. Taking Turns… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Robin E. Jensen, “Infertility: Tracing the History of a Transformative Term” (Penn State UP, 2016)
This book explores the arguments, appeals, and narratives that have defined the meaning of infertility in the modern history of the United States and Europe. Throughout the last century, the inability of women to conceive children has been explained by… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Calum MacKellar and Christopher Bechtel, eds., “The Ethics of the New Eugenics” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Strategies or decisions aimed at affecting, in a manner considered to be positive, the genetic heritage of a child in the context of human reproduction are increasingly being accepted in contemporary society. As a result, unnerving similarities between earlier selection… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisa J Sobo, “Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity: A Unified Approach” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
This lively text offers a unique, holistic approach to human diversity for undergraduate courses in fields including anthropology, medicine, human ecology, and general education. Leading medical anthropologist Elisa Sobo rises to the challenge of truly integrating biology and culture. Her… Read More
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