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In Matters of Choice, Iris Lopez presents a comprehensive analysis of the dichotomous views that have portrayed sterilization either as part of a coercive program of population control or as a means of voluntary, even liberating, fertility control by individual women. Drawing upon her twenty-five years of research on sterilized Puerto Rican women from five different families in Brooklyn, Lopez untangles the interplay between how women make fertility decisions and their social, economic, cultural, and historical constraints.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxv
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  1. Part I : The Globalization of Sterilization
  2. p. 1
  1. Chapter 1: The Birth Control Movement in Puerto Rico
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. Chapter 2: Gender Awareness across Generations
  2. pp. 20-42
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  1. Part II: Cultural Continuities and Urban Change
  2. p. 4
  1. Chapter 3: The Velez Family: Poverty, the Cancer Scare , and Hysterectomies
  2. pp. 45-60
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  1. Chapter 4: The Robles Family: Social Change and Gender Struggle
  2. pp. 61-77
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  1. Chapter 5: The Gomez Family: Under the Knife Again— Reversing la Operación
  2. pp. 78-101
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  1. Chapter 6: The Morales and Rivera Families: Tough Love and Sterile Choices
  2. pp. 102-122
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  1. Part III: Reproductive Rights and an Integral Model of Reproductive Freedom
  2. p. 123
  1. Chapter 7: Ideologies and Inequities in the Health Care System
  2. pp. 125-141
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  1. Chapter 8: Toward an Integral Model of Reproductive Freedom
  2. pp. 142-156
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  1. Appendix: Genealogical Charts
  2. pp. 157-162
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. References
  2. pp. 167-178
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 185-185
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813546247
Related ISBN
9780813543727
MARC Record
OCLC
311593409
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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