Extractions: An Ethnography of Reproductive Tourism

Hardcover | December 15, 2012

byMichal Rachel Nahman

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What can an anthropological study of Israeli cross-border egg donation contribute to the important debate of the global ethics of human egg traffic? What happens to nationalism and citizenship in an era of globalized egg trade? How are women's bodies in different national contexts positioned in unequal and conflicting relationships with each other under capitalism? In addition to addressing these questions, Michal Nahman also asks methodological questions for anthropologists and other social scientists about how we tell stories about science and the body. Can we simply tell them in a vacuum or are global developments important not just as a backdrop but as an integral part of the story of new reproductive technologies?

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What can an anthropological study of Israeli cross-border egg donation contribute to the important debate of the global ethics of human egg traffic? What happens to nationalism and citizenship in an era of globalized egg trade? How are women's bodies in different national contexts positioned in unequal and conflicting relationships wit...

Michal Rachel Nahman is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology in the Department of Health and Applied Social Sciences at the University of the West of England, UK. She has published a number of articles in European Journal of Women's Studies, Science as Culture and Feminist Theory.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 10.85 × 5.9 × 0.8 inPublished:December 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230319297

ISBN - 13:9780230319295

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Table of Contents

Extractions
Theorist Sellers
Embryo Method
Repro Migrants
Borders
Explosion Crisis
Synecdoche

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'Michal Nahman makes a persuasive defence of the combinations of events and ideologies that she writes about, and her ambition to create an effect ('diffraction' or interference). As she says at one point, border defence and egg recipient narratives are not necessarily linked: the connection is an 'ethnographic interference' that she has made. This is a courageous and unsettling book that is not meant to sit easily anywhere; it does not offer the academic comfort of unfolding deep meanings or hidden relationships. This will be an important contribution to research on transnational reproduction, especially under market conditions, but it is also considerably more, and offers a fascinating case study of what it means to discover a political imperative in what one writes about and thus in how one writes.' - Professor Marilyn Strathern, Girton College, Cambridge, UK