As I near the end of writing this book, I also near the end of my first pregnancy. The experience of pregnancy has been instructive to say the very least, and no doubt informs the preceding pages in ways of which even I am not aware. What has perhaps been most instructive has been the tension – sometimes implicit, often explicit – between my own embodied experience of pregnancy on the one hand, and the medical apparatuses of control that attend pregnancy on the other. Or – since this risks overstating the opposition between the individual’s experience of embodiment and social-institutional arrangements – what has been most instructive has been the routine interactions in pregnancy with the medical apparatuses as they interpret and shape my own embodied experience. As Annemarie Mol has argued,1 bodies and medical institutions come together in various, more or less fractious, ways to provide a unified picture of a condition, in this case, of pregnancy.
KeywordsMoral Status Prenatal Testing Ethical Subject Preceding Page Medical Apparatus
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