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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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“Keep Life Simple”: Body/Technology Relationships in Racialized Global Contexts

“Keep Life Simple”: Body/Technology Relationships in Racialized Global Contexts

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The Global Biopolitics of the IUD

Chikako Takeshita

The MIT Press

This chapter describes how side effects of a hormone-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) created a unique product, Mirena. It specifically analyzes the making of Mirena, while revealing the behind-the-scenes aspects of this now increasingly popular contraceptive method and reconstructs the historical paths that produced this device. This chapter provides further insight into how governance over women’s bodies is delicately differentiated at intersections of race and class. It also reveals how various body/technology pairings were configured, creating a network of connections that reflect the racialized global context within which technoscientific interventions in women’s bodies are imagined.

Keywords:   intrauterine device, Mirena, governance, women’s bodies, race, class, body/technology pairings, technoscientific interventions

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