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Transnational Reproduction
Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India

  • Daisy Deomampo - Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University, New York

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Sociology

November 2017 | 288 pages | SAGE Vistaar

Transnational Reproduction traces the relationships among Western aspiring parents, Indian surrogates, and egg donors from around the world. It argues that the surrogacy industry offers a clear example of “stratified reproduction”—the ways in which political, economic, and social forces structure the conditions under which women carry out physical and social reproductive labor.

The book shows how these actors make sense of their connections, illuminating the ways in which kinship ties are challenged, transformed, or reinforced in the context of transnational gestational surrogacy. It demonstrates that while reproductive actors share a common quest for conception, they make sense of family in the context of globalized assisted reproductive technologies in very different ways. The book therefore offers a more robust and nuanced understanding of race and power as ideas about kinship intersect with structures of inequality. 

 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Public Health and Assisted Reproduction in India
 
Making Kinship, Othering Women
 
Egg Donation and Exotic Beauty
 
The Making of Citizens and Parents
 
Physician Racism and the Commodification of Intimacy
 
Medicalized Birth and the Construction of Risk
 
Constrained Agency and Power in Surrogates’ Everyday Lives
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix: Profile of Study Participants
 
Notes
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“Building upon the classic feminist concept of stratified reproduction, Deomampo is the first to offer a powerful critique of the racialization inherent in transnational surrogacy practices. … Transnational Reproduction is both hard-hitting and provocative …”

Marcia C. Inhorn,
author of Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai

“Building upon the classic feminist concept of stratified reproduction, Deomampo is the first to offer a powerful critique of the racialization inherent in transnational surrogacy practices. … Transnational Reproduction is both hard-hitting and provocative …”

Marcia C Inhorn,
Author of Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai

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Daisy Deomampo

Daisy Deomampo is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University. She is a medical and cultural anthropologist whose research interests include science and technology studies, gender and critical race studies, reproduction, and global health. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352803507
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