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Title: Enacting pregnant women, enacting the foetus : prenatal screening and testing in Taiwan
Author: Shih, Li-Wen
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis discusses the experience of Taiwanese pregnant women who undergo prenatal screening and testing (PST), exploring how those experiences affect their relations to the foetuses, medical professionals, PST technologies and their . families. Based on ethnographic observations, interviews with pregnant women and couples, and my participants' drawings of PSI, this thesis argues that PST provokes both pleasure and anxiety for pregnant women. Both sex screening and genetic testing construct women as responsible decision-making subjects. I argue that in Taiwan women's decisions about genetic testing are entangled with the concept of you sheng ('superior birth'), medical practices and the logic of prenatal care. Employing Donna Haraway's and actor-network theory's material-semiotic approaches, I show how women, the foetus, medical practices and PST technologies are brought into this relational web shaping and reshaping the connection between these human and non-humans actors. A central concern of this thesis is to ask: what are the implications of PST for Taiwanese society. It thus contributes to and extends international feminist technoscience studies by bringing Taiwanese women's experiences and an ANT approach to feminist discussions of prenatal screening and testing.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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