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A transnational feminist view of surrogacy biomarkets in India / Sheela Saravanan.

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"This book takes a reproductive justice approach to argue that surrogacy as practised in the contemporary neoliberal biomarkets crosses the humanitarian thresholds of feminism. Drawing on her ethnographic work with surrogate mothers, intended parents and medical practitioners in India, the author shows the dark connections between poverty, gender, human rights violations and indignity in the surrogacy market. In a developing country like India, bio-technologies therefore create reproductive objects of certain female bodies while promoting an image of reproductive liberation for others. India is a classic example for how far these biomarkets can exploit vulnerabilities for individual requirements in the garb of reproductive liberty. This critical book refers to a range of liberal, radical and postcolonial feminist frameworks on surrogacy, and questions the individual reproductive rights perspective as an approach to examine global surrogacy. It introduces 'humanitarian feminism' as an alternative concept to bridge feminist factions divided on contextual and ideological grounds. It hopes to build a global feminist solidarity drawing on a 'reproductive justice' approach by recognizing the histories of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, age and immigration oppression in all communities. This work is of interest to researchers and students of medical sociology and anthropology, gender studies, bioethics, and development studies."--Back cover.


Singapore : Springer, [2018]

Physical description

xv, 183 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references.


1. Indian Surrogacy Biomarkets: An Introduction -- 2. Surrogacy Globalscape -- 3. A Feminist discourse on Surrogacy: Reproductive Rights and Justice Approach -- 4. Situating India in the Globalscape of Inequalities -- 5. Surrogacy Biomarkets in India: Stratified Reproduction and Intersectionality -- 6. The Postcolonial Paradox and Feminist Solidarity -- 7. Transnational Feminism for Reproductive Justice -- 8. Towards Humanitarian Assisted Conception.


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