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Assisting reproduction, testing genes; global encounters with new biotechnologies.


Assisting reproduction, testing genes; global encounters with new biotechnologies.

Ed. by Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli and Marcia C. Inhorn.

Berghahn Books


297 pages



Fertility, reproduction and sexuality; v.18


Birenbaum-Carmeli (medical anthropology, U. of Haifa, Israel) and Inhorn (anthropology and international affairs, Yale U., US) present ten papers exploring the practice of assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization outside of the Euro-American setting, with a focus on cultural significance and political impact. Topics include cultural meanings of assisted reproductive technologies among Bulgarian women; female alliances and familial egg donation in Ecuador; Middle Eastern masculinities and assisted reproductive technologies; laws, ethics, and donor technologies in Shia Iran; the ban on surrogacy with in vitro fertilization and the limits of state renovation in contemporary Vietnam; contested surrogacy and the gender order in Israel; practices of preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Argentina; and the moral economy of embryonic stem cells in India.

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Date:Dec 1, 2009
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