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Volume 30

Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives

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Thai in Vitro

Gender, Culture and Assisted Reproduction

Andrea Whittaker

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276 pages, 17 illus., bibliog., index

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“. . . an important contribution to the growing field of social studies of infertility treatment . . . Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) are now routine throughout the world, and it is crucial that we learn more about how they gain a foothold in particular countries.” · Ayo Wahlberg, University of Copenhagen

“This is a splendid piece of scholarly work, and demonstrates the discipline of anthropology and of fine-grained ethnographic research and critically reflexive analysis at its best. It fills a much needed gap in the anthropology of Thailand and in the provision of solid ethnographic data on the topic of assisted reproduction more generally.” · Graham Fordham, Australian National University

“[This book] is scholarly and extremely well researched but is also very readable and beautifully written . . . It is accessible but also respectful to all previous work which it engages with, and summarizes, very well.” · Heather Montgomery, The Open University


In Thailand, infertility remains a source of stigma for those couples that combine a range of religious, traditional and high-tech interventions in their quest for a child. This book explores this experience of infertility and the pursuit and use of assisted reproductive technologies by Thai couples. Though using assisted reproductive technologies is becoming more acceptable in Thai society, access to and choices about such technologies are mediated by differences in class position. These stories of women and men in private and public infertility clinics reveal how local social and moral sensitivities influence the practices and meanings of treatment.

Andrea Whittaker is an ARC Future Fellow and Convenor of Anthropology at Monash University. She is a medical anthropologist whose most recent publications include Abortion, Sin and the State in Thailand (2004) and Abortion in Asia: Local dilemmas, global politics (ed., Berghahn Books 2010).

Subject: Medical Anthropology Gender Studies
Area: Asia


Notes on Language and Transliteration

Introduction: Culture Mediums

Chapter 1. The Birth of IVF in Thailand
Chapter 2. Incompleteness
Chapter 3. Begging for Babies
Chapter 4. Engaging Technologies
Chapter 5. The Clinical Ensemble
Chapter 6. Patriarchal Bargains
Chapter 7. ‘Love Clinic’: Cyber-sociality
Chapter 8. ‘Technology that gives men hope’
Chapter 9. Carrying the Merit



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