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Embodied Progress By Sarah Franklin

Embodied Progress by Sarah Franklin

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This book offers a unique perspective on the cultural dimensions of assisted conception techniques such as IVF. It looks at experiences of those who undergo the treatment and asks how such experiences may be variously understood.

Embodied Progress Summary

Embodied Progress: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception by Sarah Franklin

New reproductive technologies, such as in vitrio fertilization, have been the subject of intense public discussion and debate worldwide. In addition to difficult ethical, moral, personal and political questions, new technologies of assisted conception also raise novel socio-cultural dilemmas. How are parenthood, kinship and procreation being redefined in the context of new reproductive technologies? Has reproductive choice become part of consumer culture? Embodied Progress offers a unique perspective on these and other cultural dimensions of assisted conception techniques. Based on ethnographic research in Britain, this study foregrounds the experiences of women and couples who undergo IVF, whilst also asking how such experiences may be variously understood.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Conception Among the Anthropologists 2. Conception and the Enterprise Culture 3. The 'Obstacle Course': The Reproductive Work of IVF 4. 'It Just Takes Over': IVF as a 'Way of Life' 5. 'Having to Try' and 'Having to Choose': How IVF Makes Sense 6. The Embodiment of Progress

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NPB9780415067676
9780415067676
0415067677
Embodied Progress: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception by Sarah Franklin
New
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
1997-02-13
264
N/A
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