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The Elusive EmbryoHow Women and Men Approach New Reproductive Technologies$
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Gay Becker

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224308

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224308.001.0001

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Taking Action

Taking Action

(p.102) Chapter 6 Taking Action
The Elusive Embryo

Gay Becker

University of California Press

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

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