Changing Human Reproduction: Social Science Perspectives

Changing Human Reproduction: Social Science Perspectives

by Meg Stacey
     
 

Despite the extensive debates about new reproductive technologies, there is still little published research on the social and cultural implications of the new reproductive techniques. Our understanding of how babies are conceived and what it means to be a parent or relative have become more complex.

The authors argue that the neglect of social

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Overview

Despite the extensive debates about new reproductive technologies, there is still little published research on the social and cultural implications of the new reproductive techniques. Our understanding of how babies are conceived and what it means to be a parent or relative have become more complex.

The authors argue that the neglect of social research into new reproductive technologies has led to a failure to make the necessary provisions for their consequences. The plight of the involuntary childless who, having been helped to conceive, find themselves with three, four or more babies illustrates this point clearly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803986541
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/02/1992
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1Introduction: what is the social science perspective?1
2Social dimensions of assisted reproduction9
3From private patients to privatization48
4Making sense of missed conceptions: anthropological perspectives on unexplained infertility75
5Having triplets, quads or quins: who bears the responsibility?92
6Gamete donation and the social management of genetic origins119
7The meaning of assisted kinship148
8Conclusion170
Glossary178
Index181

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