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:

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This chapter details the differences between the marginalized women at Alpha and the homeless men and women who are, for all intents and purposes, invisible to the state. It explains that the patients at the Alpha Hospital are different in a very important respect—the profound vulnerability of these marginalized women and men at Alpha, found within a maelstrom of state institutions, results from the tenacity and insistence of the state's relationship with them. It emphasizes the fundamental and inherent ambivalence of a power that is simultaneous in its productivity and repression. It notes that although power may operate in the Alpha WHC as an entity that enables the problematization, surveillance, regulation, and management, and punishment of the patients seeking prenatal health care there, all in the effort to produce docile bodies, power concurrently produces resistances.

Keywords: marginalized women; Alpha Hospital; state institutions; repression; prenatal health care; resistances

Chapter.  3051 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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