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Baby Markets: Money and the New Politics of Creating Families

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From Michael Jackson and Madonna to Nadya Suleman and Jon and Kate Gosselin, creating families can no longer be described by heterosexual reproduction in the intimacy of a couple 's home and the privacy of their bedroom. On the contrary, babies can be brought into families through complex matrixes involving lawyers, coordinators, surrogates, brokers, donors, sellers, and endocrinologists, and without any traditional forms of intimacy. Mostly, these baby acquisitions are legal, but in some cases black markets are involved. In direct response to the need and desire to parent, men, women, and couples gay and straight have turned to viable, alternative means: baby markets. The marketplace for creating families spans transnational borders and encompasses international adoptions with exorbitant fees attached to the purchasing of ova and sperm and the leasing of wombs. For as much as these processes are in public view, rarely do we consider them for what they are: baby markets. This book examines the ways in which Westerners create families through private, market processes. From homosexual couples skirting Mother Nature by going to the assisted reproductive realm and buying the sperm or ova that will complete the reproductive process, to Americans traveling abroad to acquire children in China, Korea, or Ethiopia, market dynamics influence how babies and toddlers come into Western families. Equally, some contributors push back at the notion that markets appropriately describe contemporary adoptions and assisted reproduction. Michele Bratcher Goodwin and a group of contributing experts explore how financial interests, aesthetic preferences, pop culture, children 's needs, race, class, sex, religion, and social customs influence who benefits from and who is hurt by the law and economics of baby markets.

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Michele Goodwin and a group of contributing experts examine the ways in which Westerners create families through private, market processes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521735100
Author:
Goodwin, Michele Bratcher
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Other:
Goodwin, Michele
Editor:
Bratcher Goodwin, Michele
Subject:
Family policy
Subject:
Child welfare -- United States.
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
Medical Law & Legislation
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Adoption & Fostering
Subject:
Reproductive Medicine & Technology
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
314
Dimensions:
9.10x6.02x.72 in. 1.13 lbs.

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Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Adoption and Foster Care
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Law » Legal Guides and Reference
History and Social Science » Sociology » Abortion and Birth Control
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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