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Psychosocial discourse and the new reproductive technologies : a critical analysis

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dc.contributor.author Brokensha SJ en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:17:37Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:17:37Z
dc.date.submitted 1989 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/53893
dc.description.abstract The "new" reproductive technologies (NRTs) have gathered substantial momentum in recent years. 'Psychological' discourse on these techniques has tended towards uncritical preoccupation with intra-individual, constitutional factors, and has ignored the sociocultural, political and economic contexts of these practices. Within an inter-disciplinary, social-constructionist framework, this study presents a feminist critique of the NRTs in which they are argued to be biopsychosocially noxious to women. Modern biomedicine's appropriation and ownership of infertility as "disease" is argued to be consistent with the agendas of capitalism and patriarchy. Results of fieldwork within a particular medical setting are presented to develop a hermeneutic of the discursive interface between medical gatekeepers and the applicant 'patients' with whom they negotiate treatment. In a concluding section a dominant theme in gatekeepers' talk, "the well-being of the child", is ideologically analysed, women-centred strategies are briefly discussed, and implications for the interface between psychology and reproductive technology are drawn. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Clinical psychology en
dc.title Psychosocial discourse and the new reproductive technologies : a critical analysis en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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