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Infertility around the Globe

New Thinking on Childlessness, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies
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ISBN-13:
9780520927810
Seiten:
355
Autor:
Marcia Inhorn
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This exceptional collection of essays breaks new ground by examining the global impact of infertility as a major reproductive health issue, one that has profoundly affected the lives of countless women and men. Based on original research by seventeen internationally acclaimed social scientists, it is the first book to investigate the use of reproductive technologies in non-Western countries. Provocative and incisive, it is the most substantial work to date on the subject of infertility.



With infertility as the lens through which a wide range of social issues is explored, the contributors address a far-reaching array of topics: why infertility has been neglected in population studies, how the deeply gendered nature of infertility sets the blame squarely on women's shoulders, how infertility and its treatment transform family dynamics and relationships, and the distribution of medical and marital power. The chapters present informed and sophisticated investigations into cultural perceptions of infertility in numerous countries, including China, India, the nations of sub-Saharan Africa, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Egypt, Israel, the United States, and the nations of Europe.



Poised to become the quintessential reference on infertility from an international social science perspective,
Infertility around the Globe makes a powerful argument that involuntary childlessness is a complex phenomenon that has far-reaching significance worldwide.
This exceptional collection of essays breaks new ground by examining the global impact of infertility as a major reproductive health issue, one that has profoundly affected the lives of countless women and men. Based on original research by seventeen internationally acclaimed social scientists, it is the first book to investigate the use of reproductive technologies in non-Western countries. Provocative and incisive, it is the most substantial work to date on the subject of infertility.


With infertility as the lens through which a wide range of social issues is explored, the contributors address a far-reaching array of topics: why infertility has been neglected in population studies, how the deeply gendered nature of infertility sets the blame squarely on women's shoulders, how infertility and its treatment transform family dynamics and relationships, and the distribution of medical and marital power. The chapters present informed and sophisticated investigations into cultural perceptions of infertility in numerous countries, including China, India, the nations of sub-Saharan Africa, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Egypt, Israel, the United States, and the nations of Europe.



Poised to become the quintessential reference on infertility from an international social science perspective,
Infertility around the Globe makes a powerful argument that involuntary childlessness is a complex phenomenon that has far-reaching significance worldwide.
Part I. Discourses and Debates

1. Introduction. Interpreting Infertility: A View from the Social Sciences

Frank van Balen and Marcia C. Inhorn

2. The Uses of a "Disease": Infertility as Rhetorical Vehicle

Margarete Sandelowski and Sheryl de Lacey

3. Fertile Ground: Feminists Theorize Infertility

Charis M. Thompson

4. The Psychologization of Infertility

Frank van Balen



Part II. Gender and Body Politics

5. Infertile Bodies: Medicalization, Metaphor, and Agency

Arthur L. Greil

6. Deciding Whether to Tell Children about Donor Insemination: An Unresolved Question in the United States

Gay Becker

7. Conceiving the Happy Family: Infertility and Marital Politics in Northern Vietnam

Melissa J. Pashigian

8. Positioning Gender Identity in Narratives of Infertility: South Indian Women’s Lives in Context

Catherine Kohler Riessman

9. Childlessness, Adoption, and Milagros de Dios in Costa Rica

Gwynne L. Jenkins with Silvia Vargas Obando and José Badilla Navas



Part III. The Infertility Belt

10. Problematizing Fertility: "Scientific" Accounts and Chadian Women’s Narratives

Lori Leonard

11. Is Infertility an Unrecognized Public Health and Population Problem? The View from the Cameroon Grassfields

Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

12. Infertility and Matrilineality: The Exceptional Case of the Macua of Mozambique

Trudie Gerrits

13. Infertility and Health Care in Countries with Less Resources: Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa

Johanne Sundby



Part IV. Globalizing Technologies

14. The "Local" Confronts the "Global": Infertile Bodies and New Reproductive Technologies in Egypt

Marcia C. Inhorn

15. Rabbis and Reproduction: The Uses of New Reproductive Technologies

among Ultraorthodox Jews in Israel

Susan Martha Kahn

16. The Politics of Making Modern Babies in China: Reproductive Technologies and the "New" Eugenics

Lisa Handwerker

17. Conception Politics: Medical Egos, Media Spotlights, and the Contest over Test-Tube Firsts in India

Aditya Bharadwaj



Contributors

Index