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Assisted Reproduction Across Borders: Feminist Perspectives on Normalizations, Disruptions and Transmissions
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000 0002 7946 7185
Department of interdisciplinary cultural studies; University of Trondheim (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.
2016 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Assisted Reproduction Across Borders  reflects on the state of the art of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs). From feminist perspectives, contributors explore how, today, ARTs have reached a ‘mature’ stage impying that some practices, eg, in vitro fertilization (IVF), have become standard worldwide. In focus are contemporary political debates triggered by ARTs, and the varying ways in which societies deal with ARTs, worldwide, depending on religious, moral and political approaches.  Such  differences are analysed, based on original research contributions from a variety of countries in Europe and beyond. The volume demonstrates how differently ARTs are interpreted and practised in different contexts, for example, confronting discussions of surrogacy practices from the perspective of the global South and the global North. Early feminist struggles framed ARTs  in terms of technoscience gaining  control over women’s bodies, but also as  providing possibilities for freeing women from childbirth as a way to gender equality. More recently, however, ARTs have been celebrated as a facilitator of queer family-building, while surrogacy, egg and embryo donation has been criticized as exploitation of women’s reproductive labour. Contributors pinpoint that central contemporary concerns  are in/equalities in terms of access to ARTs and  the transnational biocapitalist traffic in gametes and gestational labour.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London, New York: Routledge, 2016. , 192 p.
Series
Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality, 19
Keyword [en]
assisted reproduction, global reproflows, religious fundamentalisms, diverse national regulations, inequalities as regards access and eligibility, global power relations
National Category
Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126035ISBN: 9781138674646OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-126035DiVA: diva2:911382
Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-03-11 Last updated: 2016-03-14

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