Pink and Blue
238 pages, 6 x 9
6 b-w images
Release Date:14 May 2021
Release Date:14 May 2021
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Pink and Blue

Gender, Culture, and the Health of Children

Rutgers University Press
In modern pediatric practice, gender matters. From the pink-and-blue striped receiving blankets used to swaddle newborns, to the development of sex-specific nutrition plans based on societal expectations of the stature of children, a gendered culture permeates pediatrics and children’s health throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This book provides a look at how gender has served as one of the frameworks for pediatric care in the U.S. since the specialty’s inception. Pink and Blue deploys gender—often in concert with class and race—as the central critical lens for understanding the function of pediatrics as a cultural and social project in modern U.S. history.
This thoughtful and engaging anthology fits together powerfully, each article building from the previous one and complementing each other chronologically and thematically. Elizabeth Reis, author of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex
Pink and Blue represents a splendid contribution to sociological literature as well as a useful edited volume for feminist educators and researchers. Gender & Society
ELENA C. CONIS, a historian specializing in the history of public health, medicine, and the public understanding of science, is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Journalism and Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization.
SANDRA EDER is an assistant professor in the history department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches U.S. gender history and the history of medicine. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in medicine and science, clinical practices and patient records, and the science of happiness. She is currently writing a book on the emergence of the sex/gender binary in mid-twentieth century American medicine. She has published in Gender & History, Endeavour, and the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.
AIMEE MEDEIROS is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the author of Heightened Expectations: The Rise of the Human Growth Hormone Industry in America. She specializes in the history of pediatrics, gender studies, and science and technology studies.
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