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Cross-cultural comparisons on surrogacy and egg donation : interdisciplinary perspectives from India, Germany and Israel / Sayani Mitra; Silke Schicktanz; Tulsi Patel, editors.

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This book is the first to bring together an interdisciplinary collection of essays on surrogacy and egg donation from three socially, legally and culturally distinct countries - India, Israel and Germany. It presents contributions from experts in the field of social and cultural sciences, bioethics, law as well as psychology and provides critical-reflective comparative analysis of the socio-ethical factors shaping surrogacy and egg donation practices across these three countries. This book highlights the importance of a comparative perspective to?make sense? of controversies and transitions in this highly contested area of artificial reproductive technologies.


Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]

Physical description

xv, 399 pages ; 22cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Intro; Acknowledgements; Contents; Notes on Contributors; 1 Introduction: Why Compare the Practice and Norms of Surrogacy and Egg Donation? A Brief Overview of a Comparative and Interdisciplinary Journey; Introduction; A Need for Comparison; Contents of the Volume; Conclusion; Bibliography; Part I Comparative Views; 2 Globalisation and Market Orientation: A Challenge Within Reproductive Medicine; Introduction; A Wider View on Infertility; Infertility Treatment by ARTs: From Care to Service; Global Networks of Reproduction; Marketing Desire and Hope.
Oocyte 'Donation' and Coproducing PerfectionConclusion; Bibliography; 3 Transnational Surrogacy: An Overview of Legal and Ethical Issues; Introduction; Altruistic vs. Commercial Surrogacy; Legal Consequences of Seeking Transnational Surrogacy Arrangements; Main Legal-Ethical Norms for the Assessment of Domestic and Transnational Surrogacy Agreements; Should International Law Respond to the Problems Raised by Transnational Surrogacy?; Conclusion; Bibliography; 4 A Case for Restrictive Regulation of Surrogacy? An Indo-Israeli Comparison of Ethnographic Studies; Introduction; Methods.
The Setting: Strict Regulation Versus Lack of RegulationProtections for the Surrogate; Contract and Informed Consent; Relationships: Subjectivity Versus Disposability; Conditions and Cultural Acceptance; Conclusion; Bibliography; 5 Cross-Border Reproflows: Comparing the Cases of India, Germany, and Israel; Introduction; Movement from Germany; Movement from Israel; Attracting the Cross-Border Reproflows: The Reprohub of India; Conclusion; Bibliography; 6 Beyond Relativism: Comparing the Practice and Norms of Surrogacy in India, Israel, and Germany; Introduction.
The Global Flow of Ethical ConcernsNaturalised Parenthood as a Strong Medico-Cultural Imperative; Transnational Discourses as Answers to Local Disjunctions; Conclusion; Bibliography; Part II A System Under Transition: The Case of India; 7 Law's Paradoxes: Governing Surrogacy in India; Introduction; The Indian Surrogacy Market: The Socio-economic Backdrop; Feminist Normative Landscape on Commercial Surrogacy; The Existing Legal Framework on Surrogacy; Regulating the Surrogacy Market 2000-Date; Medico-liberal Phase Late 1990s-2008; The Contested Phase 2008-2012.
The Contracting and Normative Phase 2012-2017Conclusion; Bibliography; 8 Surrogacy in India: Political and Commercial Framings; Introduction; Global Debate on Surrogacy; Surrogacy in India; Changing Policies on Surrogacy in India; The 'Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill' 2016: Experts' Perspectives; Right to Procreate and the Right of the Surrogate Child; Unethical Practices; The Ban and the Need to Regulate; Unethical Practices in Clinics: Keeping the Surrogates Ready; Suggestions for ART Regulation in India; Media Coverage and Panel Discussion on Surrogacy; Conclusion; Bibliography.


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