Transforming Knowledge: The Making of <i>Our Bodies, Ourselves</i>

in Bodies of Knowledge

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226443058
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226443072 | DOI:
Transforming Knowledge: The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves

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This chapter examines how the book Our Bodies, Ourselves provided readers with an alternative knowledge base on women's health, explaining that it allowed for a feminist reconceptualization of biology that privileged individual women's experiences over clinical research. The book provided the tools for women readers to challenge medical decision making and to seek alternative structures of care based on the notion of experiential knowledge, but it also sowed the seeds of division that would limit the extent to which its promoters could truly revolutionize health care. The book furthermore highlighted two conflicting truths: the singularity of being female and the plurality of individual experiences.

Keywords: Our Bodies, Ourselves; women's health; women's experience; clinical research; experiential knowledge; health care

Chapter.  12549 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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