The Birth Control Clinic in a Marketplace World
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240 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

Series: Rochester Studies in Medical History

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

The Birth Control Clinic in a Marketplace World

by Rose Holz

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An examination of the complex interrelationship between charity birth control clinics and the commercial marketplace in the United States through the 1970s.
The Birth Control Clinic in a Marketplace World is the first book to chart the origins and evolution of the charity birth control clinic movement in the United States from the 1910s through the 1970s, a period that witnessed dramatic transformation in the goods and services such clinics provided. Rose Holz uncovers the virtually unexamined relationship between Planned Parenthood and the commercial marketplace sphere.

Challenging more thanthirty years of historiography on birth control, Holz sheds new light on battles over reproductive rights through her analysis of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America within the context of the commercial birth control world. Revealing that it would be Planned Parenthood's engagement to charity -- the argument the organization once used to discredit the presumed profit-driven exploitation of the marketplace -- that would put precisely those women ithoped to assist in dangerous situations, she asks such probing questions as: What were the meanings attached to the provision of birth control and its commercial distribution? How in turn were these meanings used as sources of power? The project draws on rich primary sources to answer these questions and to examine the historical role of the local birth control clinic in modern America.

Rose Holz earned her PhD in history from the University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is associate director of and associate professor of practice in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Introduction
The Birth of the Clinic
Rising Above
Old Habits Are Hard to Break
New Habits Are Formed
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
"Holz provides an examination of the birth control clinic from the ground up, well supported by primary sources....Recommended." CHOICE

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Title Details

240 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

Series: Rochester Studies in Medical History

Imprint: University of Rochester Press