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: 0520259645

ISBN-13: 9780520259645

Pub. Date: 03/04/2010

Publisher: University of California Press

Birthing a Mother is the first ethnography to explore the intimate experience of gestational surrogate motherhood. In this insightful and beautifully written 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

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Birthing a Mother is the first ethnography to explore the intimate experience of gestational surrogate motherhood. In this insightful and beautifully written 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 babies they carry even as intended mothers accomplish a complicated transition to motherhood. Teman's groundbreaking analysis reveals that surrogates develop profound and lasting bonds with intended mothers even as they psychologically and emotionally disengage from the babies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520259645
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/04/2010
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
888,259
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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