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Volume 35

Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives

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The Online World of Surrogacy

Zsuzsa Berend

270 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-274-6 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (September 2016)

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“This is a much awaited contribution to the surrogacy scholarship as it is the first ethnographic study to look at surrogacy in the United States since the early 1990's… Berend's book is also cutting edge in its methodology, since it is based on "online ethnography.” · Elly Teman, author of Birthing a Mother: the Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self


Zsuzsa Berend presents a methodologically innovative ethnography of, the largest surrogacy support website in the United States. Surrogates’ views emerge from the stories, debates, and discussions that unfold online. The Online World of Surrogacy documents these collective meaning-making practices and explores their practical, emotional, and moral implications. In doing so, the book works through themes of interest across the social sciences, including definitions of parenthood, the symbolic role of money, reproductive loss, altruism, and the moral valuation of relationships.

Zsuzsa Berend teaches sociology at the University of California, Los Angles and is the academic administrator of the sociology departmental Honors program. For over a decade, she has been doing ethnographic research on an online surrogacy support forum and published on surrogacy-related topics in Medical Anthropology, Sociological Forum, and American Anthropologist.

Subject: Sociology General Anthropology Medical Anthropology




Chapter 1. The Virtual Meeting Ground for Real People
Chapter 2. Journey
Chapter 3. Contract
Chapter 4. Money
Chapter 5. Gift



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