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Outsourcing the Womb Race, Class and Gestational Surrogacy in a Global Market

ISBN-10: 0415892023
ISBN-13: 9780415892025
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $9.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/3/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 78
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

A quiet revolution has been taking place during the past three decades. The way that children enter families has changed radically among upper middle class families. In the 1980s infertility increasing became defined as a medical problem that could be solved with assisted reproductive technologies (ART) rather than through adoption. Asexual or 'assisted conception' involving medical technologies such as in vitro fertilization and embryo transfers began to replace sexual reproduction for infertile couples. Third parties, referred to as surrogates are hired to assist individuals and/or couples who wish to conceive and child with whom they share a genetic tie. This has resulted in a 'surrogate baby boom'. This book provides a critical introduction to the global surrogacy market. A comparative analysis of the assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy industry in Egypt, Israel, India and the United States disentangles the intersecting roles of race, religion, class inequality, religious law, and global capitalism. Gestational surrogacy challenges the idea of 'natural' reproduction and of the meaning of parenthood. What role should the state play in providing individuals and families with access to reproductive technologies? This book concludes with a discussion of 'reproductive justice'.

Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Industrial Womb
Racism, Capitalism, and Reproductive Labor
Becoming a Gestational Surrogate
Google Babies: Class, Colorism, and Consumer Culture
Religious Law and Regulatory Regimes: Egypt and Israel
India: A View from the Global South
Reproductive Justice and Reproductive Liberty
Bibliography
Glossary/Index

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