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Reproducing RaceAn Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization$
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Khiara Bridges

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268944

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268944.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Reproducing Race
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Khiara M. Bridges

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268944.003.0001

This chapter begins by describing the care that the Alpha Hospital gives to its patients as “war-zone medicine”. It explains that race is a discursive phenomenon; race encompasses ideas about difference that become visible and tangible as they are made to be reflected in material conditions within society. It notes that material and societal conditions appear to affirm the veracity of ideas about race and the unfortunate dialectic continues. It examines this dialectical process of race formation as it occurs during women's pregnancies because pregnancy engages racial discourses to such a dramatic extent that pregnancy can be described as a racially salient event.

Keywords:   Alpha Hospital, patients, war-zone medicine, race, societal conditions, pregnancy, racial discourses

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