Misconception: Social Class and Infertility in America Ann V. Bell New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2014 Reviewed by Jill Allison Misconception provides a powerful collection of narratives of infertility across the socio-economic spectrum in America.  Ann Bell argues that it is SES that most deeply marks the variations in women’s experiences of infertility and their access to any kind of […]

Elly Teman Berkley: University of California Press, 2010 Reviewed by Megan McCullough Elly Teman’s Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self elegantly and aptly illustrates Ginsburg and Rapp’s (1995) classic yet cogent point that reproduction is at the center of social life, social theory, and apparatuses of power. Teman’s ethnography significantly addresses a gap in anthropological literature […]

Marlene Zuk, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002 Reviewed by Mimi Saunders, University of California Irvine Zuk is a feminist behavioral biologist who writes to bridge the opposition between feminists and Darwinian biology. She is most successful when illustrating how feminist critiques have strengthened evolutionary biology. The volume is organized into eleven chapters, each of which treats a single myth […]

Barbara Katz Rothman, W.W. Norton & Co., 1998 Reviewed by Karen-Sue Taussig This intensely personal foray into social aspects of genetics is alternately fascinating and frustrating. Barbara Katz Rothman tells us that “[a]ll knowledge is knowledge from somewhere. Every way of knowing the world is grounded, placed, located” (13). She is concerned, in this book, to explore how genetics is […]