Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self / Edition 1

Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self / Edition 1

by Elly Teman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520259637

ISBN-13: 9780520259638

Pub. Date: 03/04/2010

Publisher: University of California Press

Birthing a Mother is the first ethnography to probe the intimate experience of gestational surrogate motherhood.
In this beautifully written and insightful book, Elly Teman shows how surrogates and intended mothers carefully negotiate their cooperative endeavor. Drawing on anthropological fieldwork among Jewish Israeli women, interspersed with

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Birthing a Mother is the first ethnography to probe the intimate experience of gestational surrogate motherhood.
In this beautifully written and insightful book, Elly Teman shows how surrogates and intended mothers carefully negotiate their cooperative endeavor. Drawing on anthropological fieldwork among Jewish Israeli women, interspersed with cross-cultural perspectives of surrogacy in the global context, Teman traces the processes by which surrogates relinquish any maternal claim to the baby even as intended mothers accomplish a complicated transition to motherhood. Teman’s groundbreaking analysis reveals that as surrogates psychologically and emotionally disengage from the fetus they carry, they develop a profound and lasting bond with the intended mother.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520259638
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/04/2010
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Yael

Introduction

Part One: Dividing
1. Surrogate Selves and Embodied Others
2. The Body Map
3. Operationalizing the Body Map

Part Two: Connecting
4.
Intended Mothers and Maternal
Intentions
5. The Shifting Body

Part Three: Separating
6. Rites of Classification
7. The Surrogate's Gift

Part Four: Redefining
8. The Surrogate's Mission
9. The Hero's Quest

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography

Index

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