The Facade of Inevitibility: Agency, Risk, and the American Academy of Pediatrics' 2012 Technical Report on Male Circumcision

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2013-01-01
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Jones, Chris
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Gregory Wilson
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This thesis will examine the American Academy of Pediatrics' 2012 technical report on male circumcision and how it crafts an argument that infant male circumcision should be preferred over not circumcising. Drawing on theories of agency, this research will suggest that the ability for parents to choose is limited through the way in which the report constructs risk for its readers. In particular, this thesis will explore what role the AAP's report plays in the larger conversation about infant male circumcision. This thesis adds to a conversation about the ways in which medical texts can shape cultural practices, and the implications of the AAP's report.

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