Journal article

Assisted Reproduction: Politics, Ethics and Anthropological Futures

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Publication Details

Author list: Ross Fiona C., Moll Tessa

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

Publication year: 2020

Journal: Medical Anthropology

Volume number: 39

Issue number: 6

Start page: 553

End page: 562

Total number of pages: 10

ISSN: 0145-9740

eISSN: 1545-5882



Anthropological literature on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has

burgeoned in the forty years since IVF emerged as a potential solution to

childlessness. A lexicon has consolidated, and key sets of debates have

been identified. Chief among these are questions of kinship, the intersection

of technologies and local moral worlds, and the circulation of gametes

and technological know-how. The recent publication of five books in the

Berghahn series on Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality offers an opportunity

to think about new affordances and futures for research. We review the

texts and suggest several strands for research, concluding that anthropological

objects do not become saturated by our knowledge of them and that

ARTs will remain fertile ground for thought.


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