"Cycling overseas": Care, commodification, and stratification in cross-border reproductive travel

Whittaker, Andrea and Speier, Amy (2010) "Cycling overseas": Care, commodification, and stratification in cross-border reproductive travel. Medical Anthropology, 29 4: 363-383. doi:10.1080/01459740.2010.501313

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Author Whittaker, Andrea
Speier, Amy
Title "Cycling overseas": Care, commodification, and stratification in cross-border reproductive travel
Journal name Medical Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0145-9740
Publication date 2010-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01459740.2010.501313
Volume 29
Issue 4
Start page 363
End page 383
Total pages 21
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Cross-border reproductive travel involves the movement of patients to undertake assisted reproductive treatment through technologies, such as in vitro fertilization and associated procedures otherwise denied to them due to cost, access, or regulatory restrictions. Based on fieldwork in Thailand, the United States, and the Czech Republic, we explore the commodification of reproductive bodies within this trade and the reduction of the nurturing affective labor of reproduction to exchange value. Second, we examine the intensification and globalization of the stratification of reproduction. These inequalities are illustrated though discussion of the trade in poor women's bodies for surrogacy and ova donation. Even reproductive body parts, ova, sperm, and embryos are stratified-marketed according to place of origin, the characteristics of their donors, and gender. © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Keyword Assisted reproduction
Cross-border reproductive care
Czech Republic
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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