Assisted reproduction in a global world produces not only new babies and new parents but also new citizens and raises new bioethical concerns (e.g., Campbell 2007; Franklin 2001; Thompson 2005). This essay outlines an interdisciplinary theoretical perspective in understanding how fertility travel and transnational reproduction unfold from the perspectives of the different actors involved. Three theoretical pairs—care and engineering, reproscapes and reproflows, and gifts and commodities—are suggested as theoretical frameworks for understanding transnationalized reproduction. The authors conclude that reproductive movements and fragmentary bodies confront legal and administrative systems in interesting and often highly complex ways.
Fertility Travel: The Commodification of Human Reproduction: Charlotte Kroløkke, Karen A. Foss, and Saumya Pant, Guest EditorsFertility Travel: The Commodification of Human ReproductionCharlotte Kroløkke, Karen a. Foss, and Saumya Pant
Charlotte Kroløkke is an associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research centers on fertility travel, egg donation, and transnational surrogacy. Her work has been published in Journal of Consumer Culture and Text and Performance Quarterly.
Karen A. Foss is Regents Professor, professor of communication and journalism, and a Presidential Teaching Fellow at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include rhetoric and criticism, feminist perspectives in communication, and social movements and social change.
Saumya Pant is an associate professor at Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad, where she is head of the fellowship program in communication management. Her research interests include gender studies, transnational feminism, communication for social change, and participatory theater for development.
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Charlotte Kroløkke, Karen A. Foss, Saumya Pant; Fertility Travel: The Commodification of Human Reproduction: Charlotte Kroløkke, Karen A. Foss, and Saumya Pant, Guest EditorsFertility Travel: The Commodification of Human ReproductionCharlotte Kroløkke, Karen a. Foss, and Saumya Pant. Cultural Politics 1 July 2012; 8 (2): 273–282. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-1575165
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