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A Transnational Feminist View of Surrogacy Biomarkets in India

Authors: Saravanan, Sheela

  • Applies a reproductive justice approach to ‘transnational feminism’ in an attempt to build a global feminist solidarity
  • Provides ethnographical insights from the author’s empirical research in India
  • Introduces ‘humanitarian feminism’ as a concept identifying humane thresholds that are crossed in asserting individual reproductive rights
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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.

About the authors

Sheela Saravanan, PhD, has two master's degrees from the Universities of Bombay and Pune in India in Geography and Development Planning. Her Ph.D. from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia in Public Health was on the influence of biomedical frameworks of knowledge on local birthing practices in India. She has worked and published on the status of reproductive health in South Asia, violence against women and female infanticide in India earlier and now specializes in new and assisted reproductive technologies in the context of Asia and Europe. Since 2007 she has worked in the Universities of Heidelberg, Bonn and Goettingen in Germany. She has published on global injustice, exploitation and objectification in the process of commercial surrogacy in India. Since January 2016 she has been working at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg on a DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) funded project. The research aims to examine individual notions of ‘desired children’ (Wunschkinder/Vansh) shaped by social experiences in the German and Indian contexts that lead to selective abortions. She teaches Global Reproductive Technologies: Socio-Ethical and Legal Dimensions; Theories and Practice of Reproductive Technologies and Feminism and Public Health to bachelor’s and master’s students studying anthropology at the South Asia Institute, Department of Anthropology, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Indian Surrogacy Biomarkets: An Introduction

    Saravanan, Sheela

    Pages 1-14

  • Surrogacy Globalscape

    Saravanan, Sheela

    Pages 17-46

  • A Feminist Discourse on Surrogacy: Reproductive Rights and Justice Approach

    Saravanan, Sheela

    Pages 47-78

  • Situating India in the Globalscape of Inequalities

    Saravanan, Sheela

    Pages 81-99

  • Surrogacy Biomarkets in India: Stratified Reproduction and Intersectionality

    Saravanan, Sheela

    Pages 101-127

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 94,94 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-6868-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Transnational Feminist View of Surrogacy Biomarkets in India
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-6869-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-6869-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-6868-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 183
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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