Technologies of Procreation: Kinship in the Age of Assisted Conception / Edition 2

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Technologies of Procreation brings a fresh approach to the analysis of the social and cultural implications of assisted conception technologies. It explores how these techniques create the potential for a redefinition of relationships, because it is now possible to create life on behalf of another person. In this Second Edition, the authors have added new sections to each chapter which contain significant material developing upon the original argument. By drawing on data and ideas from ethnographic studies, household interviews, and debates in Parliament and among clinicians, the authors present an innovative approach to the transformations of parenthood, procreation and kinship in the context of new reproductive technologies. Technologies of Procreation will be of interest to a wide range of readers in anthropology, sociology, medical ethics and health research.
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An anthropology research team drawn from four British universities explores how assisted conception techniques create the potential for a redefinition of relationships, because it is now possible to create life on behalf of another person. They draw data and ideas from ethnographic studies, household interviews, and debates in Parliament and among clinicians. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415170567
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction, second edition 1
Introduction, first edition: A question of context 9
1 Beyond expectation: clinical practices and clinical concerns 29
Afterword: Solutions for Life and Growth? Collaborative conceptions in reproductive medicine 53
2 Explicit connections: ethnographic enquiry in north-west England 60
Afterword: Clones - who are they? 86
3 Negotiated limits: interviews in south-east England 91
Afterword: Glimpses of moments in the 'circuit of culture' 122
4 Making representations: the parliamentary debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 127
Afterword: 'Orphaned' embryos 166
5 Regulation, substitution and possibility 171
Postscript: A relational view, 1993 203
Postscript: A relational view, 1998 210
Bibliography 217
Index 231
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