Technology, biopolitics, rationalities and choices: recent studies of reproduction

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Abstract

New synergies across anthropology, science and technology studies (STS), legal studies and sociology, bring fresh theoretical perspectives to the study of reproduction. Recent works on reproduction trace some of the changing rationalities: from the tactics of feminist self-help health movements in 1970s and 1980s in the US, to the commercialized experience of pregnancy and the various configurations, policies and legalities addressing globalized genetic and assisted reproductive technologies. Reproductive decisionmaking is deeply entangled with neoliberalism, welfare reforms, racial and geographic disparities, economic stratification and cultural rationalities to produce inequalities. Studies of reproduction remain central to basic anthropological questions: what it means to be human, what constitutes life, how we live our lives, and how societies value particular lives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259 - 273
Number of pages15
JournalMedical Anthropology
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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