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The Regulation of Sexuality

Experiences of Family Planning Workers

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Carole Joffe

"Joffe takes us from the most private aspects of sexuality into the arena of public policy and state regulation."
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

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"The author convincingly argues that the Federal Government, the feminist movement and the New Right fail to adequately address the often wrenching conflicts faced daily by birth control and abortion workers. [These conflicts] have spurred many family planning workers to construct and implement a wholly unauthorized vision of family planning policy, one that melds pure ideology with the complicated truths of individuals’ social and sexual lives.... [Joffe] makes a cogent and finely nuanced case for the wisdom-indeed, the necessity- of this vision."
Marian Sandmaier, New York Times Book Review

"A psychosocial presentation at its best, the book probes and illuminates the workers’ whole environment, documenting their need for status and engagement to offset meager pay and enervating routine and their need to balance sexual liberalism with concern for immature, vulnerable women. A valuable resource that clarifies human service programs as a whole."
Library Journal

"A wonderfully alive and readable ethnographic study."
The Women's Review of Books

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About the Author(s)

Carole Joffe is a Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College.

Subject Categories

Women's Studies
Science
Sexuality Studies/Sexual Identity


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Health, Society, and Policy, edited by Sheryl Ruzek and Irving Kenneth Zola.

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Health, Society and Policy, edited by Sheryl Ruzek and Irving Kenneth Zola, takes a critical stance with regard to health policy and medical practice, ranging broadly in subject matter. Backlist titles include books on the legal and professional status of midwifery, the experience and regulation of kidney transplants, the evolution of federal law on architectural access, and a political/ethical argument for making the community responsible for universal access to health care.

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