Embodied Progress: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception

Embodied Progress: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception

by Sarah Franklin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415067669

ISBN-13: 9780415067669

Pub. Date: 03/12/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

New reproductive technologies, such as in vitrio fertilization, have been the subject of intense public discussion and debate worldwide. In addition to difficult ethical, moral, personal and political questions, new technologies of assisted conception also raise novel socio-cultural dilemmas. How are parenthood, kinship and procreation being redefined in the

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Overview

New reproductive technologies, such as in vitrio fertilization, have been the subject of intense public discussion and debate worldwide. In addition to difficult ethical, moral, personal and political questions, new technologies of assisted conception also raise novel socio-cultural dilemmas. How are parenthood, kinship and procreation being redefined in the context of new reproductive technologies? Has reproductive choice become part of consumer culture? Embodied Progress offers a unique perspective on these and other cultural dimensions of assisted conception techniques. Based on ethnographic research in Britain, this study foregrounds the experiences of women and couples who undergo IVF, whilst also asking how such experiences may be variously understood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415067669
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/12/1997
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Conception among the anthropologists17
2Contested conceptions in the enterprise culture73
3The 'obstacle course': the reproductive work of IVF101
4'It just takes over': IVF as a 'way of life'131
5'Having to try' and 'having to choose': how IVF 'makes sense'168
6The embodiment of progress198
Notes215
Bibliography230
Index245

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