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The Global Biopolitics of the IUDHow Science Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women's Bodies$
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Chikako Takeshita

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016582

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016582.001.0001

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Turning the Gaze on Modern Contraceptive Research: An Introduction

Turning the Gaze on Modern Contraceptive Research: An Introduction

(p.1) 1 Turning the Gaze on Modern Contraceptive Research: An Introduction
The Global Biopolitics of the IUD

Chikako Takeshita

The MIT Press

This book explores how developers of modern intrauterine devices (IUDs) have adapted to different social interests. It details how they understood the political stakes of women’s bodies. It argues that scientific work organizes itself in response to the socially and geographically diverse demands around fertility control and acts on women’s bodies through its discourse. It shows an example of the global political economy of women’s bodies in the history of this contraceptive device. It believes that women’s social empowerment is a prerequisite to reproductive self-determination and well-being. This book describes how different modes of governance over women’s bodies are linked to one another. An overview of the chapters included in this book is finally given.

Keywords:   intrauterine devices, women’s bodies, fertility control, global political economy, social empowerment, governance

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