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Author Fixmer-Oraiz, Natalie, author

Title Homeland maternity : us security culture and the new reproductive regime / Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 258 pages)
Series Feminist media studies
Feminist media studies (University of Illinois (System). Press)
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Homeland Maternity, the New Reproductive Regime; 1. Securing Motherhood on the Home Front; 2. Risky Reproduction and the Politics of Octomom; 3. Post-Prevention? Conceptualizing Emergency Contraception; 4. Crisis Pregnancy and the Colonization of the Clinic; Conclusion: Just Pregnancy, Just Parenting in the Age of Homeland Maternity; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher
"Motherhood in the context of homeland security culture is a site of intense contestation--at once a powerful form of currency and a target of unprecedented assault. In this book, Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz designates the term "homeland maternity" in order to theorize the significant relationship between motherhood and nation within homeland security culture. While recent scholarship has explored both homeland security culture and the politics of contemporary motherhood from critical perspectives, no study to date has considered how recent discourses of motherhood and nation are deeply enmeshed and mutually constitutive. As reproductive bodies are represented as a threat to national security, either through supposed excess or deficiency, a culture of homeland maternity intensifies the requirements of motherhood as it works to discipline those who refuse to adhere. Each chapter takes up a specific site where this occurs. In so doing, Fixmer-Oraiz argues that homeland maternity offers a way to understand how the policing of maternal bodies in contemporary US culture serves an overt but unexamined political function--namely, securing the nation in times of perceived vulnerability, and with profound implications for women's reproductive lives and agency"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 01, 2019)
Subject Feminist theory -- Political aspects -- United States
Human reproduction -- Political aspects -- United States
Motherhood -- Political aspects -- United States
National security -- United States
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019006405
ISBN 025205119X electronic book
9780252051197 electronic book
hardcover