Substantial Relations: Making Global Reproductive Medicine in Postcolonial India
Substantial Relations examines global reproductive medicine in India, focusing on in vitro fertilization. Since the 1970s, India has played a central but changable role in shaping global reproductive medicine: from a provider of raw material, to a producer of knowledge and technology, to a thriving medical market that attracts patients from all over the world. Substantial Relations traces this transnational historical trajectory from the archive to oral history. Drawing on ethnographic research in homes, hospitals, and laboratories, Sandra Bärnreuther provides deep insights into the intricacies of clinical life and everyday experience by depicting IVF users' quest for offspring and their fears of establishing unwanted ties, as well as the minute engagements of clinicians and laboratory staff with reproductive substances. Thinking through substances—metaphorically and materially—Sandra Bärnreuther provides a novel and rich analysis of the various relations that the burgeoning IVF sector in India has relied on and generated. Substantial Relations contributes to a broader understanding of reproductive medicine as a global phenomenon constantly in the making, situating India in the midst of, rather than peripheral to, this process.
Cornell University Press
Anthropology & Sociology; Health Care Policy & Practice; Reproductive technologies; IVF in India; History of reproductive medicine; Substances Anthropology; In Vitro Fertilization
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