Chapter

Introduction

Khiara M. Bridges

in Reproducing Race

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268944
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949447 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268944.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter begins by describing the care that the Alpha Hospital gives to its patients as “war-zone medicine”. It explains that race is a discursive phenomenon; race encompasses ideas about difference that become visible and tangible as they are made to be reflected in material conditions within society. It notes that material and societal conditions appear to affirm the veracity of ideas about race and the unfortunate dialectic continues. It examines this dialectical process of race formation as it occurs during women's pregnancies because pregnancy engages racial discourses to such a dramatic extent that pregnancy can be described as a racially salient event.

Keywords: Alpha Hospital; patients; war-zone medicine; race; societal conditions; pregnancy; racial discourses

Chapter.  7297 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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