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Homeland MaternityUS Security Culture and the New Reproductive Regime$
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Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042355

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042355.001.0001

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Just Pregnancy, Just Parenting in the Age of Homeland Maternity

(p.141) Conclusion
Homeland Maternity

Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz

University of Illinois Press

Taking recent immigration policies related to pregnancy and motherhood as its point of departure, the conclusion considers the implications of homeland maternity and examines potential modes of resistance to it. Resistance might include strategies of co-optation, subversion, and other modes of rhetorical invention and reinvention. In an age of homeland maternity, this would imply, for example, challenges to the cult of intensive mothering, resistance to the surveillance and control of pregnancy and childbirth, novel forms of community organizing and alliance, and more capacious imaginings of motherhood, family, and kin. This final chapter highlights and develops emerging channels of challenge and transformation, to edge us toward the promise of reproductive justice, beginning with the very words we speak.

Keywords:   homeland maternity, resistance, co-optation, subversion, rhetorical invention, immigration, pregnancy, motherhood, family, reproductive justice, homeland security culture

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