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21A.216J Dilemmas in Bio-Medical Ethics 2005/4/4 (M), Week 9, Class 16 Readings Gill, Gurjeet K. 1998. “Female Feticide as a Contemporary Cultural Practice in the Punjab.” Dialectical Anthropology. 23(2):203-213. Petchesky, Rosalind Pollack. “The Body as Property: A Feminist Re-vision.” Conceiving the New World Order . 387-406. Pearce, Tola Olu. “Women’s Reproductive Practices and Biomedicine: Cultural Conflicts and Transformations in Nigeria.” Conceiving the New World Order . 195-208. Class Business Short Paper rewrite due on Wednesday Final paper possible topics Student Presentation Gill, Gurjeet K. 1998. “Female Feticide as a Contemporary Cultural Practice in the Punjab.” Dialectical Anthropology. 23(2):203-213. Female less valued than males; feticide v infanticide The “miracle” of amniocentesis 1000 females to 1700 males A struggle between giving and receiving a dowry Female birth was mentioned to father after the infanticide Males desired to keep the name of the family going “A preference for sons is the outcome of economic considerations and a patriarchal ideology that grants higher status through producing sons.” (211) Cultural relativism: is this okay? Does this make sense? Can you impose your reason onto the culture? Is this a matter of older v younger generations? How can one move into a more modern setting. o Matter of educated v uneducated Blackboard Interjection How do notions of property, notions of autonomous object influence the application of reproductive technologies? Ideas of kinship and marriage, issues of exchange in marriage practices. Wife- givers and wife-takers A ÅÆ B Women are viewed as more expensive to raise; there is also the cost of the dowry to make the woman more attractive to husband’s family © 2005 MIT OCW 1
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The Gift. Marcel Mauss. 1954 [English]. 1950 [French]. Looked at different groups, including northwest coast of America, exchange practices of more simple societies. o Potlatch: annual festivals of where one group must give to another. Gifts would be destroyed. The social status of who is giving and who is receiving: a simple exchange of expressing your alliance with that individual and little politicking. o
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