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Achieving Procreation

Childlessness and IVF in Turkey

Merve Demircioğlu G√∂knar

214 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-634-6 $80.00/£57.00 Hb Published (June 2015)

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“Many women in Turkey feel (or are made to feel) that they are not complete or fully adult until they produce a child, preferably a boy. . .This book tells the stories of childless women who resort to IVF at great expense and much suffering in order to achieve that status. A poignant call for changes in this patriarchal culture.”  ·  Carol Delaney, Professor Emerita, Stanford University

Managing social relationships for childless couples in pro-natalist societies can be a difficult art to master, and may even become an issue of belonging for both men and women. With ethnographic research gathered from two IVF clinics and in two villages in northwestern Turkey, this book explores infertility and assisted reproductive technologies within a secular Muslim population. Göknar investigates the experience of infertility through various perspectives, such as the importance of having a child for women, the mediating role of religion, the power dynamics in same-gender relationships, and the impact of manhood ideologies on the decision for — or against — having IVF.

Merve Demircioğlu Göknar is a medical anthropologist who specializes in reproduction, gender and religion. Her research interests include local healing practices and Buddhism in Sri Lanka, assisted reproductive technologies and infertility in Turkey, and birth experiences of women and parenting practices in California. She is currently an independent researcher.

Series: Volume 29, Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives
Subject: Medical Anthropology Gender Studies
Area: Middle East & Israel Central/Eastern Europe

LC: HQ762.T9G65 2015

BISAC: MED082000 MEDICAL/Reproductive Medicine & Technology; SOC026010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/Marriage & Family; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural

BIC: PSXM Medical anthropology; HRAM3 Religion & science




Chapter 1. The Desire to Have a Child
Chapter 2. Religion as Discourse and Practice
Chapter 3. Childlessness among Kin and Friends
Chapter 4. Manhood Ideologies and IVF
Chapter 5. Achievement and Procreation



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