Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India : Outsourcing Life
This edited volume explores transnational gestational surrogacy and how its practice is changing the traditional concept of parenthood across the globe. The phenomenon has given rise to a thriving international industry where money is being 'legally' exchanged for babies and 'reproductive labor' has taken on a lucrative commercial tone. This interdisciplinary collection of essays addresses significant issues in commercial gestational surrogacy as it plays out in a peculiar relation between the United States and India.
- Hardback | 276 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
- 14 Feb 2014
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
While the number of scholarly works on surrogacy in India [has] increased in recent years, the profound complexities and contradictions embedded in transnational surrogacy remain largely understudied. Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India fills this lacuna by illuminating the lives of Indian surrogates, their foreign clients, and other stakeholders. Editors Sayantani Das Gupta and Shamita Das Dasgupta bring together authors from wide-ranging fields to examine the socio-cultural, ethical, and legal implications of commercial gestational surrogacy in India. In so doing, this volume expertly deals with the intricacies of the phenomenon, engaging with critical questions of class, power, agency, violence, and work ... [T]his book represents critical reading for scholars interested not only in transnational surrogacy, but also in broader questions related to labour and gender in transnational contexts. The volume is accessible and effective for people seeking a starting point for research on transnational surrogacy, while still providing the nuance and complexity specialists require. Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India should be essential reading for activists and policy-makers interested in the contemporary realities of, and future possibilities for, women who work as surrogates in India. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies This edited collection is an important effort by the authors to address the complex issues that surround transnational, commercial surrogacy, with particular focus on the relationship between India and the West...The value of Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India lies in the depth of those 11 case studies...[This book] would make a great contribution to courses in sociology, anthropology, gender studies, international policy, reproductive health, and more. Gender & Society There are so many disturbing aspects to transnational surrogacy in India. In addition to reprising some of the better-known concerns, such as inequities; the commodification of women, babies, and body bits; and the limits of nation-state governance in a globalized world, this volume also gives voice to the different players' understandings glimpsed through ethographies and analyses of cyber-chat, and gives shape to less-familiar aspects of each of the participant's situations. Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India: Outsourcing Life helps us traverse this tough terrain. -Wendy Chavkin, Columbia University -- Wendy Chavkin, Columbia University
About Sayantani DasGupta
Sayantani DasGupta is assistant clinical professor of pediatrics and a core faculty member of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Shamita Das Dasgupta is cofounder of Manavi, an organization focusing on violence against South Asian women in the United States. She teaches at New York University Law School.
Table of contents
SAYANTANI DASGUPTA & SHAMITA DAS DASGUPTA 1.The Three 'M's of Commercial Surrogacy in India: Mother, Money, and Medical Market PREETI NAYAK 2.Reconceiving Surrogacy: Toward a Reproductive Justice Account of Indian Surrogacy ALISON BAILEY 3.Gestational Surrogacy in India: The Problems of Technology and Poverty VARADA MADGE 4.Shifting Sands: Transnational Surrogacy, E-Motherhood, and Nation Building SAYANTANI DASGUPTA and SHAMITA DAS DASGUPTA 5.The Power of Narratives: Negotiating Commercial Surrogacy in India AMRITA PANDE 6.The Rhetoric of the Womb: The Representation of Surrogacy in the Popular Mass Media in India ANINDITA MAJUMDAR 7.Mother India: Outsourcing Labor to Indian Surrogate Mothers SHARMILA RUDRAPPA 8.A Race to the Bottom? The Need for International Regulation of the Rapidly Growing Global Surrogacy Market SEEMA MOHAPATRA 9.A Welfare Principle Applied to Children Born and Adopted in Surrogacy MARSHA J. TYSON DARLING 10.Business As Usual? The Violence of Reproductive Trafficking SAYANTANI DASGUPTA & SHAMITA DAS DASGUPTA 11.Transnational Surrogacy Takes Center Stage AMY FEINBERG & JENNIFER MAISEL