Reproductive Technologies as Global Form

Ethnographies of Knowledge, Practices, and Transnational Encounters

Edited by Michi Knecht, Maren Klotz, and Stefan Beck

Edited by Michi Knecht, Maren Klotz, and Stefan Beck

Distributed for Campus Verlag

320 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8
Paper $54.00 ISBN: 9783593391007 Published August 2012

In the thirty years since the first “test-tube baby,” in-vitro fertilization and other methods of reproductive assistance have become a common aspect of family life and medicine in developed nations—and, increasingly, throughout the world. This collection brings together ethnographic studies of how these reproductive technologies are deployed across a wide variety of nations and cultures, taking special account of how they are linked to aspirations towards modernity—and how they contribute to an ongoing reconfiguration of the boundaries of knowledge and human agency. The resulting volume offers both a current snapshot of the cultural state of reproductive technologies and a plethora of provocative questions for the future.

Mauro Turrini, Université de Paris / Panthéon-Sorbonne | Sociology
“[Reproductive Technologies as Global Form] ambitiously promises to introduce innovative core questions and modes of analysis to the social studies of ARTs [Assisted Reproduction Technologies], and it delivers on its promise convincingly by taking the border (both geopolitical and socio-cultural as well as economic) as a strategic site for the analysis of already existing global processes. The practices of border reinforcing and border crossing and the resulting tension between sameness and difference surface as an important perspective from which to analyze emerging transnational ART developments. In an astute fashion, concerns with the economic inequalities of an increasingly ‘stratified reproduction’ are combined with the local variability of technical aspects and their convergence with other technologies. . . . The attempt to merge new approaches makes this volume of interest to readers in transnational studies, science and technology studies, and the ethnography of globalization not familiar with ARTs. The ethnographies are captivating and detailed, and innovative in raising new ethical questions on the role of ethnographer as vector of new global spaces.”
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