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Infertility and Procreative Technologies in India

Aditya Bharadwaj

312 pages, 2 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-230-2 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Published (August 2016)

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“At once a history, theodicy, and ethnography of procreative technologies in India, Bharadwaj’s lyrically written Conceptions provides a much-needed antidote to Western-centric narratives of India’s fertility markets. Bharadwaj draws on and develops the concepts of misrecognition and stigma to describe the ways patients and their families and physicians navigate infertility, surrogacy, gamete donation, and adoption in complexly gendered, classed, and generational ways in a country torn between population control and pronatalism in which science and religion are co-conspirators. I thoroughly recommend this fine book.” · Charis Thompson, University of California Berkeley

“…this is a much needed, eagerly anticipated and important book for those scholars who work within the broad field of social studies of reproduction, and specifically for those who study assisted reproductive technologies.” · Ayo Wahlberg, University of Copenhagen

“Surely, the book will become a 'must' for research on any related field, in university classes at every level of study, as well as a delightful reading for anyone interested in India, childbirth and infertility or the politics of healthcare, to mention but few.” · Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli, University of Haifa

Infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in India lie at the confluence of multiple cultural conceptions. These ‘conceptions’ are key to understanding the burgeoning spread of assisted reproductive technologies and the social implications of infertility and childlessness in India. This longitudinal study is situated in a number of diverse locales which, when taken together, unravel the complex nature of infertility and assisted conception in contemporary India.

Aditya Bharadwaj is Research Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

Series: Volume 34, Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives
Subject: Medical Anthropology
Area: Asia

LC: RG133.5

BISAC: MED082000 MEDICAL/Reproductive Medicine & Technology; HEA045000 HEALTH & FITNESS/Infertility

BIC: PSXM Medical anthropology; JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography


Preface: Test-Tube Conceptions


Introduction: Conceptualising Conceptions: An Introduction


Chapter 1. Fertile Conceptions: Culture and Infertility
Chapter 2. Gendered Conceptions: Stigma, Blame and Infertility


Chapter 3. Contested Conception: The Medical Politics of Test-Tube Babies
Chapter 4. Politics of Conception: The State and Biomedicine


Chapter 5. Changing Conceptions? ‘Adoption’ of Assisted Conception
Chapter 6. Supplementary Conception: The Other Mother


Chapter 7. Long Road to Conception: Emotional and Financial Costs
Chapter 8. In Search of Conception: Clinicians, Patients and Clinics

Afterword: Conceptions


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