The Woman in the Body

A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction

By Emily Martin
(Beacon Press (MA), Paperback, 9780807046456, 312pp.)

Publication Date: August 2001

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Description
A bold reappraisal of science and society, "The Woman in the Body" explores the different ways that women's reproduction is seen in American culture. Contrasting the views of medical science with those of ordinary women from diverse social and economic backgrounds, anthropologist Emily Martin presents unique fieldwork on American culture and uncovers the metaphors of economy and alienation that pervade women's imaging of themselves and their bodies. A new preface examines some of the latest medical ideas about women's reproductive cycles.



About the Author
Emily Martin grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. She attended graduate school in North Carolina, where she fell in love with sweet potato pancakes, deep fried pickles, and the boy who later became her husband. Emily now lives and writes in Boston, Massachusetts. "The Year We Fell Apart" is her first novel. You can find Emily online at EmilyMartinWrites.com, or follow her on Twitter @ThatEmilyMartin.


Praise For The Woman in the Body

Spectacular. There is no better study of the power of metaphor in modern medicine. --Thomas W. Laqueur, author of Making Sex

"One of the greatest strengths of this fascinating book is Martin's careful analysis of how medical language about women's bodies reveals cultural assumptions about women and their life's purpose. . . . Highly recommended." --Judith Walzer Leavitt, Bullentin of the History of Medicine

"An important contribution. . . . In challenging the status of both bio-medical 'facts' and popular assumptions about women this book will stimulate scholars and students of gender, medicine, and American culture." --American Ethnologist

"Provocative. . . . Martin's conclusions are ground-breaking." --Julia Epstein, The Women's Review of Books

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