Making Parents: The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies / Edition 1

Making Parents: The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies / Edition 1

by Charis Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262701197

ISBN-13: 9780262701198

Pub. Date: 03/30/2007

Publisher: MIT Press

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) makes babies and parents at once.

Drawing on science and technology studies, feminist theory, and historical and ethnographic analyses of ART clinics, Charis Thompson explores the intertwining of biological reproduction with the personal, political, and technological meanings of reproduction. She analyzes the "ontological

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Assisted reproductive technology (ART) makes babies and parents at once.

Drawing on science and technology studies, feminist theory, and historical and ethnographic analyses of ART clinics, Charis Thompson explores the intertwining of biological reproduction with the personal, political, and technological meanings of reproduction. She analyzes the "ontological choreography" at ART clinics — the dynamics by which technical, scientific, kinship, gender, emotional, legal,political, financial, and other matters are coordinated — using ethnographic data to address questions usually treated in the abstract. Reproductive technologies,says Thompson, are part of the increasing tendency to turn social problems into biomedical questions and can be used as a lens through which to see the resulting changes in the relations between science and society.

After giving an account of the book's disciplinary roots in science and technology studies and in feminist scholarship on reproduction, Thompson comes to the ethnographic heart of her study. She develops her concept of ontological choreography by examining ART's normalization of "miraculous" technology (including the etiquette of technological sex); gender identity in the assigned roles of mother and father and the conservative nature of gender relations in the clinic; the naturalization of technologically assisted kinship and procreative intent; and patients' pursuit of agency through objectification and technology. Finally, Thompson explores the economies of reproductive technologies, concluding with a speculative and polemical look at the "biomedical mode of reproduction" as a predictor of future relations between science and society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262701198
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/30/2007
Series:
Inside Technology
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction : making parents : selective pronatalism, ontological choreography, a biomedical mode of reproduction, methods, reading this book, and where I stand1
IDisciplinary stakes
1Science and society : some varieties of science and technology studies31
2Fertile ground : feminists theorize reproductive technologies55
IIOntological choreography
3Techniques of normalization : (re)producing the ART clinic79
4Is man to father as woman is to mother? : masculinity, gender performativity, and social (dis)order117
5Strategic naturalizing : kinship, race, and ethnicity145
6Agency through objectification : subjectivity and technology179
IIIEconomies
7Sex, drugs, and money : the public, privacy, and the monopoly of desperation207
8The sacred and profane human embryo : a biomedical mode of (re)production?245

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