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Assisting Reproduction, Testing Genes: Global Encounters with the New Biotechnologies

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Assisting Reproduction, Testing Genes

Global Encounters with the New Biotechnologies

Edited by Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli and Marcia C. Inhorn

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304 pages, bibliog., index

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Co-Winner, Most Notable Recent Collection Book Prize for 2012 - Awarded by Council on Anthropology and Reproduction

Overall, this book provides good and interesting reading for all who want details of the cultural significances, religious and political impacts of ARTs as experienced by people of different ethnicity and religious background. Most importantly, this volume conveys the complexities of introducing and implementing ARTs in different cultures and political settings. It also brings to forth the meaning of reproduction in societies, the price and value of human life.  ·  Anthropological Notebooks


Following the routinization of assisted reproduction in the industrialized world, technologies such as in vitro fertilization, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and DNA-based paternity testing have traveled globally and are now being offered to couples in numerous non-Western countries. This volume explores the application and impact of these advanced reproductive and genetic technologies in societies across the globe. By highlighting both the cross-cultural similarities and diverse meanings that technologies may assume as they enter multiple contexts, the book aims to foster understanding of both the technologies and the settings. Enhanced by cross-cultural perspectives, the book addresses the challenges that globalization presents to local understandings of science, technology, and medicine.

Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli is an Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of Haifa, Israel and has published extensively on the policy and practice of reproductive technologies in Israel.

Marcia C. Inhorn is William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology and the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. She is also the past-President of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. A specialist on infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in the Muslim Middle East, she is the author or editor of nine books on the subject.

Related Link: Other Titles edited by Marcia C. Inhorn published by Berghahn Books:
Reproductive Disruptions: Gender, Technology, and Biopolitics in the New Millennium
Reconceiving the Second Sex: Men, Masculinity, and Reproduction (with Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, Helene Goldberg and Maruska la Cour Mosegaard)
Subject: Medical Anthropology Sociology



Introduction: Assisting reproduction, testing genes: Global encounters with new biotechnologies
Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli, Marcia C. Inhorn


Chapter 1. East in west? Turkish migrants and the conception of the ethnic other in Germany
Lisa Vanderlinden

Chapter 2. Cultural meanings of assisted reproductive technologies: Women’s voices from Bulgaria
Yulia Panayotova and Irina L. G. Todorova

Chapter 3. ICSI: Reflections on male infertility and manhood in the Middle Eastern Muslim world
Marcia C. Inhorn


Chapter 4. The traffic between women: Female alliance and familial egg donation in Ecuador
Elizabeth Roberts

Chapter 5. Law, ethics, and donor technologies in Shi’a Iran
Soraya Tremayne

Chapter 6. Inappropriate relations: The ban on surrogacy with In Vitro fertilization and the limits of state renovation in contemporary Vietnam
Melissa J. Pashigian

Chapter 7. Contested surrogacy and the gender order: An Israeli case study
Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli


Chapter 8. The genesis of embryos and ethics In Vitro: Practicing preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Argentina
Kelly Raspberry

Chapter 9. Assisted life: The neoliberal moral economy of embryonic stem cells in India
Aditya Bharadwaj

Chapter 10. Doubt is the mother of all invention: DNA and paternity in a Brazilian setting
Claudia Fonseca

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