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
     
 


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 withSee more details below

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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:
9780520259645
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/04/2010
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
487,691
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Prologue: Yael xvii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Dividing

1 Surrogate Selves and Embodied Others 31

2 The Body Map 54

3 Operationalizing the Body Map 75

Part 2 Connecting

4 Intended Mothers and Maternal Intentions 110

5 The Shifting Body 134

Part 3 Separating

6 Rites of Classification 184

7 The Surrogate's Gift 205

Part 4 Redefining

8 The Surrogate's Mission 238

9 The Hero's Quest 263

Conclusion 283

Notes 297

Bibliography 335

Index 353

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