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Invisible Labours: The Reproductive Politics of Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss in England

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Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives



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Invisible Labours

The Reproductive Politics of Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss in England

Aimee Louise Middlemiss

Full Text PDF | Full Text ePUB Made available under a CC CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter, UK.

256 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-257-6 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (February 2024)

https://doi.org/10.3167/9781805392576


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“In this original and conceptually sophisticated project Middlemiss handles incredibly difficult interview material with extraordinary sensitivity and care. She does not shy away from difficult details but makes these often very raw stories more understandable through serious analytic work.” • Linda L. Layne, University of Cambridge

“This is an excellent book … As someone working in the field of reproduction/family studies (though not specifically on pregnancy loss), this book has expanded my thinking regarding how legal, medical, kinship systems and cultures come together in defining our understandings of life/death, personhood and relatedness.” • Leah Gilman, University of Manchester

“This is an excellent, well-written, well researched manuscript on an important and timely issue. The book successfully introduces nuance, contestation, and diversity into constructions of personhood in the English context through detailed exploration of second trimester pregnancy loss.” • Susie Kilshaw, University College London

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Tracing women’s experiences of miscarriage and termination for foetal anomaly in the second trimester, before legal viability, shows how such events are positioned as less ‘real’ or significant when the foetal being does not, or will not, survive. Invisible Labours describes the reproductive politics of this category of pregnancy loss in England. It shows how second trimester pregnancy loss produces specific medical and social experiences, revealing an underlying teleological ontology of pregnancy. Some women then understand their pregnancy through kinship with the unborn baby.

Aimee Louise Middlemiss is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter, UK. Her research interests include reproduction, death, personhood, kinship, embodiment, and gender.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Medical AnthropologyGender Studies and Sexuality
Area: Europe

Invisible Labours by Aimee Louise Middlemiss is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter, UK.

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OA ISBN: 978-1-80539-211-8



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