Taking Action

Gay Becker

in The Elusive Embryo

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780520224308
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925243 | DOI:
Taking Action

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One of the central themes of this chapter is women's and men's actions as they encounter and undergo new reproductive technologies. By actions it means not simply deciding to undertake such treatment and going through with it, but all the actions they take on their own behalf. Women and men in this study sought psychotherapy, professional counseling, and alternative forms of healing, but they also joined self-help groups and became advocates for infertility awareness. The chapter emphasizes the power and transformative qualities of people's actions in dealing with infertility. It elaborates how taking action not only can be personally beneficial but can also lead to large-scale collective action and to social movements that can penetrate social institutions and alter social policy.

Keywords: taking action; reproductive technologies; professional counseling; psychotherapy; infertility awareness

Chapter.  5710 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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