Transnationalising Reproduction

Transnationalising Reproduction : Third Party Conception in a Globalised World

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Third party conception is a growing phenomenon and provokes a burgeoning range of ethical, legal and social questions. What are the rights of donors, recipients and donor conceived children? How are these reproductive technologies regulated? How is kinship understood within these new family forms?

Written by specialists from three different continents, Transnationalising Reproduction examines a broad range of issues concerning kinship and identity, citizenship and regulation, and global markets of reproductive labour; including gamete donation and gestational surrogacy. Indeed, this book seeks to highlight how reproductive technologies not only makes possible new forms of kinship and family formations, but also how these give rise to new, ethical, political and legal dilemmas about parenthood as well as new modes of discrimination and a re-distribution of medical risks. It also thoroughly investigates the ways in which a commodification of reproductive tissue and labour affects the practices, representations and gendered self-understandings of gamete donors, fertility patients and intended parents in different parts of the world.

With a broad geographical scope, Transnationalising Reproduction offers new empirical and theoretical perspectives on third-party conception and demonstrates the need for more transnational approaches to third-party reproduction. This volume will appeal to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in fields such as Gender Studies, Health Care Sciences, Reproductive Technology and Medical Sociology.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Halftones, black and white; 1 Tables, black and white; 1 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138840718
  • 9781138840713

About Roisin Ryan-Flood

Jenny Gunnarsson Payne is Associate Professor of Ethnology at Soedertoern University in Stockholm, Sweden

Roisin Ryan-Flood is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex, UK
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Table of contents


Roisin Ryan-Flood & Jenny Gunnarsson Payne


1. Grammars of Kinship: Biological Motherhood and Assisted Reproduction in the Age of Epigenetics

Jenny Gunnarsson Payneã

2. The Shared Parenting Project: Same sex couples and ova donation in Brazil

Rosana Machin

3. The Gendered Gift of Gametes: Sexuality, incest and filiation

Corinne Fortier

4. What Does One Wear to a Sperm Bank? Negotiations of sexuality in sperm donation

Sebastian Mohr

5. Between Secrecy and Disclosure in Gamete Donations: A comparative analysis of the UK and Belgium

Cathy Herbrand


6. Paid to Donate: Egg Donors, Sperm Donors, and Gendered Experiences of Bodily Commodification

Rene Almeling

7. Reproductive Labour or Reproductive Trafficking? Women's reproductive bodies in the globalised bioeconomy

Jyotsna Agnihotri Gupta

8. Reproducing Heteronormativity: Gay parenting and surrogacy in Sweden

Johanna Gondouin

9. Becoming your own doctor: Age-restrictions, risks and transnational egg- and embryo donation

Jenny Gunnarsson Payneã


10. To Regulate or Not to Regulate: Legal and ethical issues of cross-border gamete donation

Wannes Van Hoof & Guido Pennings

11. Citizenship and Science on Decisions about the Fates of Embryos

Susana Silva and Helena Machado

12. Lesbians and Reproductive Healthcare

Roisin Ryan-Flood

13. Assisted Reproduction: Through the lens of the courts

Judit Sandor
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