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Homeland Maternity

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Homeland Maternity

US Security Culture and the New Reproductive Regime

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Homeland Maternity by Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz
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In US security culture, motherhood is a site of intense contestation--both a powerful form of cultural currency and a target of unprecedented assault. Linked by an atmosphere of crisis and perceived vulnerability, motherhood and nation have become intimately entwined, dangerously positioning national security as reliant on the control of women's bodies. Drawing on feminist scholarship and critical studies of security culture, Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz explores homeland maternity by calling our attention to the ways that authorities see both non-reproductive and "overly" reproductive women's bodies as threats to social norms--and thus to security. Homeland maternity culture intensifies motherhood's requirements and works to discipline those who refuse to adhere. Analyzing the opt-out revolution, public debates over emergency contraception, and other controversies, Fixmer-Oraiz compellingly demonstrates how policing maternal bodies serves the political function of securing the nation in a time of supposed danger--with profound and troubling implications for women's lives and agency.

Author Biography

Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Iowa.
Release date NZ
March 2nd, 2019
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of Illinois Press
Pages
276
Dimensions
165x220x25
ISBN-13
9780252042355
Product ID
28543124

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