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Governed through Choice"Autonomy, Technology, and the Politics of Reproduction"$
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Jennifer M. Denbow

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479828838

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479828838.001.0001

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Autonomy, Technology, and the Politics of Reproduction

Autonomy, Technology, and the Politics of Reproduction

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Governed through Choice

Jennifer M. Denbow

NYU Press

Chapter 5 revisits many of the themes of the book and investigates their broader import and applicability, exploring the ways in which notions of privacy and the public sphere are wielded in reproductive regulations. Arguing that women’s bodies are sometimes presented as public spaces and are at other times privatized, it shows that these representations are connected to common understandings of autonomy. Another topic explored herein is how autonomy as critique and transformation could be used to promote reproductive justice projects. Chapter 5 also provides an overview of how each of the policy areas the book investigates would benefit from an approach anchored in the tradition of autonomy as critique and transformation. This overview is combined with a consideration of the limitations and potential of legal change and, in conclusion, an examination of the links between cyborg theory and transformative autonomy. The chapter argues that cyborg theory draws needed attention to the critical and transformative possibilities of non-reproductive technologies that play a crucial role in the management of reproduction.

Keywords:   privacy, critique, technology, reproductive justice, cyborg theory, transformative autonomy

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