“In this gripping book, Reich illumines the processes through which (mostly affluent) parents reject vaccines. The book impressively situates these anti-vaccine parents in a broader context. Reich carefully documents how a range of organizations – including medical offices, drug companies, and child protective services–are all players in this social drama. Reich’s concept of ‘individualistic parenting’ is valuable. Since parents’ decisions can have dire consequences for other children, the book is not only interesting, but it is of enormous social significance.Highly recommended!” -Annette Lareau, author of Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

“Recent outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough are focusing attention on this issue, making Reich’s able contribution especially pertinent.” Kirkus Reviews

Calling the Shots treads confidently into the explosive terrain of vaccine refusal. In this must-read exploration of the burdens of modern mothering, Reich takes seriously the desires of mothers to make their own decisions to protect their children from risks. But she also shows how anti-vaccine stances by the privileged few may undermine the social compact and threaten the public good. This is a well-written, important, and very timely book.” -Steven Epstein, author of Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research

Calling the Shots is intellectually rigorous and politically engaged scholarship of the highest quality. Jennifer Reich illuminates the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors surrounding childhood immunization, one of the most important and contested public health policy issues of our day. Debates about vaccine refusal have too often been marked by over-simplification and unfounded assumptions, and Reich’s thorough, meticulous analysis provides a much-needed corrective.” -James Colgrove, author of State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America