research product . 2019

Who was afraid of pregnancy tests? Gestational information and reproduction policies in France (1920–50)

Cahen, Fabrice;
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  • Published: 26 Mar 2019
  • Country: France
Abstract
Though resulting from a long-term process, the need to manage pregnancies both medically and bureaucratically became a state concern, especially from the 1920s onwards. A woman’s official obligation to notify the state of her pregnancy (and therefore to know it on time) goes beyond a matter of biopolicies and poses a range of contradictions. ‘Pregnant or not?’ – as an issue of knowledge – is a powerful tool for apprehending the tensions between individual freedom, privacy, institutional requirements and professional powers. In order to better understand the historical meaning of pregnancy diagnostics in mid-twentieth-century France, this paper combines three dim...
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free text keywords: 20th_CENTURY, PREGNANCY, POPULATION_POLICIES, HISTORY, FRANCE, REPRODUCTIVE_HEALTH
Communities
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