One of Us by Alice Domurat Dreger
Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal

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Must children born with socially challenging anatomies have their bodies changed because others cannot be expected to change their minds? One of Us views conjoined twinning and other "abnormalities" from the point of view of people living with such anatomies, and considers these issues within the larger historical context of anatomical politics. Anatomy matters, Alice Domurat Dreger tells us, because the senses we possess, the muscles we control, and the resources we require to keep our bodies alive limit and guide what we experience in any given context. Her deeply thought-provoking and compassionate work exposes the breadth and depth of that context--the extent of the social frame upon which we construct the "normal." In doing so, the book calls into question assumptions about anatomy and normality, and transforms our understanding of how we are all intricately and inextricably joined.


About Alice Domurat Dreger

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Alice Domurat Dreger is Visiting Associate Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Director of Medical Education at the Intersex Society of North America.
Published April 15, 2004 by Harvard University Press. 208 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Analyzing case studies past and present, Dormurat Dreger, an associate professor of science and technology at Michigan State, questions assumptions about anatomical norms in a solemn and politically passionate exploration of separation surgery on conjoined twins.

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London Review of Books

One of Us is about conjoined twins, and its starting point is the conviction that often such twins should be thought of as two people inhabiting one body, not as two people inhabiting two not-yet-separated bodies.

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(He even appeared slightly disguised as the righteously murdered victim on a recent NYPD Blue episode.) But Dreger does not argue, as many of the transgender advocates do, that all ambiguity or, in her present case, all conjoinment is good.

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In addition, through historical documentation and personal narrative, Dreger introduces a number of twins to show how the subjectivities and personal identities of conjoined people are constructed and the extent to which the desires, frustrations, goals, and perspectives of conjoined people resem...

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