Chapter 19: Fetal surveillance

Grabowska, Christine (2017) Chapter 19: Fetal surveillance. In: The Social Context of Birth. CRC Press, London, UK, pp. 295-309. ISBN 9781785231254

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This chapter will challenge accepted opinion on fetal screening and ask the reader to explore the wider, covert issues related to the production of human beings. Eugenics and politics will be discussed in attempting to highlight some of the reasons for the availability and eventual outcomes of screening. This chapter will consider the acceptance of tests upon the fetus using the ideas mainly of Foucault and Parsons, for sociological interpretation. An explanation of the social influences upon the individual and the organization will lead the reader to the possibilities for the future. These theories are applied to practice.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by CRC Press in The Social Context of Birth on April 20, 2017, available online:
Subjects: Medicine and health > Midwifery
Depositing User: Marc Forster
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 13:13
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:07


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