Domesticating Organ Transplant: Familial Sacrifice and National Aspiration in Mexico
Cadaveric Organ Donation, Biounavailability, and Slippery States
This chapter turns from the abundant bioavailability of living donors in Mexico to explore the relative biounavailability of brain dead donors, interrogating both the conditions and consequences of this scarcity of cadaveric organs in terms of an all-too-familiar politics of blame. Beneath easy indictments of “superstitious ignorance” and “family refusals” as the barriers holding back further flourishing of the transplant endeavor lies a much more unruly story that this chapter tracks at close range. This is a story about the situated difficulties of materializing brain death both as a slippery state, rife with conceptual ambiguities and practical difficulties,...