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When IVF Fails: feminism, infertility and the negotiation of normality

Karen Throsby
Palgrave Macmillan (August 2004)

This book is a discourse analysis of a series of interviews with women and couples who have had IVF unsuccessfully and who have subsequently stopped treatment. Taking a feminist approach, the book argues that treatment failure produces an ongoing and profoundly gendered burden of discursive work which is oriented towards locating the self and the engagement with IVF, as 'normal'.  

Karen Throsby is a lecturer in sociology at LSE. Her current research interests include genetic diagnosis and the donation of embryos for stem cell research. 

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