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Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization

Khiara Bridges


This book, an ethnography of pregnancy and birth at a large New York City public hospital, explores the role of race in the medical setting. The book investigates how race—commonly seen as biological in the medical world—is socially constructed among women dependent on the public healthcare system for prenatal care and childbirth. It argues that race carries powerful material consequences for these women even when it is not explicitly named, showing how they are marginalized by the practices and assumptions of the clinic staff. Deftly weaving ethnographic evidence into broader discussions of M ... More

Keywords: New York, public hospitals, pregnancy, childbirth, race, Medicaid, infant mortality, maternal mortality, social problems, racial stereotypes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268944
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Khiara Bridges, author