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A womb with a view : America's growing public interest in pregnancy / Laura Tropp.

By: Tropp, Laura.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2013]Description: x, 193 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781440828096 (hardcopy : alk. paper); 1440828091 (hardcopy : alk. paper).Subject(s): Pregnancy -- Social aspects -- United States | Pregnant women -- Public opinion -- History | Human body -- Social aspects -- United StatesDDC classification: 362.198200973
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-185) and index.

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This book attempts to discuss American attitudinal shifts regarding pregnancy as catalyzed by information technologies and reflected in popular media. Tropp (communication, Marymount Manhattan College) provides ample cases of television shows to support this narrative, but the historical and anthropological basis of the status quo is weak. Examples from other time periods or cultures are often poorly grounded, including citing a book written by a psychologist as an anthropological source for Paleolithic-era attitudes about pregnancy. The author draws from some European sources to make assertions about greater privacy and respect for maternal space in the 19th century, but does not cite the actual sources. Editorial errors are noticeable: punctuation errors, homophone substitutions ("cell" for "sell"), and incorrect citations, for example. Subheadings feel disjointed at times, and discussions occasionally drift. Endnotes are difficult to navigate (renumbered by chapter, no page header as indicator). This book might serve as a provocative introduction for laypersons seeking to frame their pregnancy experience through media and communication, but the potential for unreflectively reinforcing stereotypes about pregnancy in other time periods and cultures remains. Summing Up: Optional. General readers. S. M. Weiss Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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<p> Laura Tropp , PhD, is associate professor and chair of the Communication Arts Department at Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY.</p>

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