“This book brilliantly theorizes two faces of autonomy in contemporary liberal democracies—autonomy as a technique of self-management and governance, and autonomy as a frame for critique and transformation of subordinating practices. Without ever denying the self’s constructed and relational dimensions, Jennifer Denbow argues compellingly for an individual women’s essential control over her own reproductive existence.One of the best books on reproductive politics in a decade!”
—Wendy Brown, author of Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Empire and Identity
“Governed through Choice is a sophisticated but accessible analysis of the governance of women as reproductive subjects.Providing fresh readings of classic and contemporary political theory while engaging the contemporary politics of reproductive rights, Denbow argues that the political ideal of autonomy defies and justifies the regulation of women’s bodies in a variety of sites.This text is a timely reflection on the continued political centrality of women's bodies.”
—Claire Rasmussen, author of The Autonomous Animal: Self-Governance and Modern Subjectivity
“Denbow provides a legal and philosophical analysis of reproductive politics in the US. She develops the concept of women’s reproductive autonomy, drawing from classic definitions of autonomy by Rousseau and Kant.”
“Governed through Choice brings new perspective to the changing political landscape of women’s reproductive rights.”
“The book is able to make a bold intervention into current U.S. discourses of reproductive politics and at the same time provoke feminists to ask what is left of the concept of autonomy in the era of neoliberalism and postfeminism…”
—Perspectives on Politics
“[Denbow's] poignant critique of government’s ‘coercive paternalism’ with respect to women’s reproductive choices introduces a transformative potential of radical thought at the crux of her thought.”
—New Political Science
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