EuroAmerican cultures have considered that human status was conferred at the conclusion to childbirth. This book argues that the displacement of birth as the threshold of the living subject began in the 1950s with the novel concept of 'perinatal mortality' referring to death of either the foetus or the newborn just prior to, during or after birth.
Lorna Weir is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the York Centre for Health Studies at York University, Ontario, Canada, and is a member of Health Care, Technology and Place, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (University of Toronto).
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