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Reconfiguring Reproduction

Feminist Health Perspectives on Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Whether it is in-vitro fertilization, sperm injection, surrogacy, cryopreservation, or intrauterine insemination, assisted reproductive technology (ART) has revolutionized our understanding of pregnancy, birth, infertility, and women’s bodies. Viewed by some as a technological quick-fix for infertility, ARTs create both challenges and opportunities, and responses to them have sought to balance questions of ethics, rights, and politics. With essays by eminent academics and activists, Reconfiguring Reproduction examines the ART industry by bringing a feminist health lens to bear on the experiences of women in countries such as Korea, Canada, the United States, Israel, Australia, India, and others.
In essays focused on the expansion of the industry, the gendered nature of the burden and treatment of infertility, the destabilization of the family as we know it, and feminist debates around surrogacy that reassess ideas of agency and commodification, Reconfiguring Reproduction charts a fast-changing and highly politically charged area, where commerce, medical technology, ethics, and ideology intersect.

320 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2014

Gender and Sexuality


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Table of Contents



The Gene Express: Speeding Towards What Future?
Betsy Hartmann       

Patents and Property, Speculation and Services: Regulation in ARTs and Financial Markets  
Sarah Sexton

From the Cutting Edge to ‘Business As Usual’: What Does the Future Hold for Women in Australia’s Mainstreaming of Reprogenetic Technologies?  
Renate Klein

Unravelling the Fertility Industry: ARTS in the Indian Context
Sarojini N

Feminist Action and the Legislation on Egg Donation in Israel
Hedva Eyal

US Feminists and the Fertility Industry
Marcy Darnovsky and Judy Norsigian

The Handmaid’s Tale and the Illusion of Depth: The Canadian Experience of Regulating Assisted Human Reproduction
Shree Mulay and Madeline Boscoe

Biocrossings and the Global Fertility Market
Jyotsna Agnihotri Gupta

Assisted Reproductive Technologies at the Crossroads: Neoliberal Economy, National Depopulation Crisis and the Politics of Reproduction in South Korea
Young-Gyung Paik

How Bodies Gender: Examining Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Vrinda Marwah, Deepa Venkatachalam and Preeti Nayak

Accessing Reproduction, Reproducing Access: (Re)Creating ‘Family’ through Reproductive Technologies
Sarojini N, Tarang Mahajan and Anjali Shenoi

How Surrogacy is Challenging and Changing our Feminisms
Vrinda Marwah

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