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Knowledge, Power, and Women's Reproductive Health in Japan, 1690-1945

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Knowledge, Power, and Women's Reproductive Health in Japan, 1690-1945 by Yuki Terazawa

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This book analyzes how women's bodies became a subject and object of modern bio-power by examining the history of women's reproductive health in Japan between the seventeenth century and the mid-twentieth century. Yuki Terazawa combines Foucauldian theory andfeminist ideas with in-depth historical research. She argues that central to the rise of bio-power and the colonization of people by this power was modern scientific taxonomies that classify people into categories of gender, race, nationality, class, age, disability, and disease. Whilediscussions of the roles played by the modern state are of critical importance to this project, significant attention is also paid to the increasing influences of male obstetricians and the parts that trained midwives and public health nurses played in the dissemination of modern powerafter the 1868 Meiji Restoration.

Author Biography

Yuki Terazawa is Associate Professor in History at Hofstra University, USA. She has previously published 'Racializing Bodies through Science in Meiji Japan: The Rise of Race-Based Research in Gynecology' in Morris Low (ed), Building a Modern Japan: Science, Technology, and Medicine in the Meiji Era and Beyond (Palgrave, 2005).
Release date NZ
April 23rd, 2018
Country of Publication
1st ed. 2018
47 Tables, color; 45 Illustrations, black and white; XVII, 318 p. 45 illus.
Springer International Publishing AG
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