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Imagining the FetusThe Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture$
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Jane Marie Law and Vanessa R. Sasson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380040.001.0001

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Seeing Like a Family: Fetal Ultrasound Images and Imaginings of Kin

Seeing Like a Family: Fetal Ultrasound Images and Imaginings of Kin

(p.275) Seeing Like a Family: Fetal Ultrasound Images and Imaginings of Kin
Imagining the Fetus

Sallie Han

Oxford University Press

Based on an anthropological study of the childbearing experiences in the United States, this chapter examines the importance and meaning of fetal ultrasound imaging, or sonograms, for the American middle class. Expectant parents in the United States consume fetal images as “baby pictures.” Sonographers compose fetal images using portraiture conventions. This chapter explores this seeing itself as a cultural and social practice that is shaped by expectations and experiences surrounding kinship and personhood.

Keywords:   United States, kinship, family, children, pregnancy, prenatal care, medical technology, visual culture, ultrasound, sonogram

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