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Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy

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As her little boy plays at a day care center across the street, Michelle, an unmarried teenager, is in algebra class, hoping to be the first member of her family to graduate from high school. Will motherhood make this young woman poorer? Will it make the United States poorer as a nation? Would it surprise you to learn that Michelle is more likely to be white than African A ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Harvard University Press (first published 1996)
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I picked up this book because I enjoyed reading Luker's Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood. I was hoping that this book would be equally well-written, and the author did not disappoint. Her arguments were well-measured, and her evidence was abundantly compelling. The focus of Dubious Conceptions lies in how American society has used teenage pregnancy as a scapegoat for societal ills, particularly in the late twentieth century. She examines the cultural stereotype of the pregnant teenager as ...more
This book is fascinating so far. Makes a lot of interesting points about the usefulness of 'teen pregnancy' as a shorthand for society's ills, and the seductiveness of viewing it as a cause of poverty rather than a result of it. Also illuminated a lot of things I didn't know about the history of reproductive rights in the this country. Very much worth reading.
This book was very good and informative, but very academic. It got to the point where I felt like it kept on saying the same thing over and over again. I stopped reading it during the last chapter because I wanted to move on to something more fun.

The book was very in line with my views and opinions about teenage pregnancy.
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