The Cancer Within: Reproduction, Cultural Transformation, and Health Care in Romania (Medical Anthropology) (Paperback)

The Cancer Within: Reproduction, Cultural Transformation, and Health Care in Romania (Medical Anthropology) By Cristina A. Pop Cover Image

The Cancer Within: Reproduction, Cultural Transformation, and Health Care in Romania (Medical Anthropology) (Paperback)

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The Cancer Within examines cervical cancer in Romania as a point of entry into an anthropological reflection on contemporary health care. Cervical cancer prevention reveals the inner workings of emerging post-communist medicine, which aligns the state and the market, public and private health care providers, policy makers, and ordinary women. Fashioned by patriarchal relations, lived religion, and the historical trauma of pronatalism, Romanian women’s responses to reproductive medicine and cervical cancer prevention are complicated by neoliberal reforms to medical care. Cervical cancer prevention – and especially the HPV vaccination – provided Romanians a legitimate instance to express their conflicting views of post-communist medicine. What sets Romania apart is that pronatalism, patriarchy, lived religion, medical reforms, and moral contestation of preventive medicine bring into line systemic contingencies that expose the historical, social, and cultural trajectories of cervical cancer.
 
CRISTINA A. POP is an assistant professor of medical anthropology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. 
 
Product Details ISBN: 9781978829589
ISBN-10: 1978829582
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: May 13th, 2022
Pages: 228
Language: English
Series: Medical Anthropology
"The Cancer Within is a compelling analysis of Romanian women’s resistance to cervical cancer screening and the HPV vaccine by a cultural 'insider.' In this wide-ranging and readable account, Pop reveals how Romanians’ reproductive lives and choices are profoundly shaped by the country’s violent history of reproductive governance under Ceausescu, as well as by inequities of health care delivery in the post-communist era."
— Elise Andaya

"The Cancer Within is a compelling analysis of Romanian women’s resistance to cervical cancer screening and the HPV vaccine by a cultural 'insider.' In this wide-ranging and readable account, Pop reveals how Romanians’ reproductive lives and choices are profoundly shaped by the country’s violent history of reproductive governance under Ceausescu, as well as by inequities of health care delivery in the post-communist era."
— Elise Andaya