Unborn Assemblages: Shifting Configurations of Embryonic and Foetal Embodiment

Deborah Lupton

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Abstract

When the pregnancy of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was announced in early December 2012, the news received high attention in the news media and social media outlets. What was immediately noticeable about this coverage was the immediate configuring of a new personage: that of the ‘royal foetus’. Spoof Twitter accounts were set up on behalf of the ‘royal foetus’ purporting to be tweeting from ‘inside the royal womb’. Various comments were made by others on Twitter concerning the wealth and social standing that the ‘royal foetus’ already enjoyed. A commemorative plate in the style of royal souvenirs celebrating events such as births, weddings, and coronations was even mocked up, using a generic ultrasound image to denote this new individual in lieu of the traditional photograph
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReframing Reproduction: Conceiving Gendered Experiences
EditorsMeredith Nash
Place of PublicationHoundsmill, UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages101-114
Number of pages14
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9781137267122
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Lupton, D. (2014). Unborn Assemblages: Shifting Configurations of Embryonic and Foetal Embodiment. In M. Nash (Ed.), Reframing Reproduction: Conceiving Gendered Experiences (1 ed., pp. 101-114). Houndsmill, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Lupton, Deborah. / Unborn Assemblages: Shifting Configurations of Embryonic and Foetal Embodiment. Reframing Reproduction: Conceiving Gendered Experiences. editor / Meredith Nash. 1. ed. Houndsmill, UK : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. pp. 101-114
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Lupton, D 2014, Unborn Assemblages: Shifting Configurations of Embryonic and Foetal Embodiment. in M Nash (ed.), Reframing Reproduction: Conceiving Gendered Experiences. 1 edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmill, UK, pp. 101-114.

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Reframing Reproduction: Conceiving Gendered Experiences. ed. / Meredith Nash. 1. ed. Houndsmill, UK : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. p. 101-114.

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