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Choices Women Make: Agency in Domestic Violence, Assisted Reproduction, and Sex Work

Carisa R. Showden


Women’s agency: Is it a matter of an individual’s capacity for autonomy? Or of the social conditions that facilitate freedom? Combining theoretical and empirical perspectives, this book investigates what exactly makes an agent and how that agency influences the ways women make inherently sensitive and difficult choices—specifically in instances of domestic violence, assisted reproduction, and sex work. In this book’s analysis, women’s agency emerges as an individual and social construct, rooted in concrete experience, complex and changing over time. It traces the development and deployment of ... More

Keywords: women’s agency, autonomy, freedom, domestic violence, assisted reproduction, sex work, prostitution, pornography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816655953
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816655953.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carisa R. Showden, author
Visiting Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Auckland