ISBN : 9780199492794

Anindita Majumdar
152 Pages
145 x 187 mm
Pub date
Mar 2019
Oxford India Short Introductions Series
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Surrogacy is a concise look at the ways in which systems of surrogacy have evolved in India, the issues and practices surrounding reproduction, kinship, women's bodies, reproductive technologies, and transnational reproductive tourism. It introduces the reader to the ways in which surrogacy is practiced and understood in India as well as across the world. The scope of this introduction is not only to familiarise the audience with the varied issues at stake but also to address the causes and consequences of this system. The volume questions why women choose to carry a child for an infertile couple, and why an infertile couple hires another woman to carry their child. The answer to such questions are varied and complex; they point towards the exploration of motivations and various notions attached to entering surrogacy, whether as a surrogate or as a parent. In bringing together different ideas and developments, the volume aims to begin a dialogue regarding the practice of surrogacy in India and to make this complex process accessible to the general reader.


Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Technology: How IVF Works in Commercial Surrogacy
Chapter 3 The Surrogate Mother: Contractual Labour as Selfless Mothers
Chapter 4 The Parents: Kinship in the Making
Chapter 5 The Law: Making Legislative Sense of the Surrogacy Arrangement
Chapter 6 Conclusion

About the author: 

Anindita Majumdar is Assistant Professor of Sociology, School of Liberal Arts, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

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