1st Edition

Biotechnologies and Reproductive Agency An Interdisciplinary and Multi-Sited Ethnography of Solo Mothers

By Ana Bravo-Moreno Copyright 2025
    206 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As artificial reproductive technologies become available to populations that have previously not had access to them, this book asks how reproduction is being transformed by technologies and individuals whose sexual and reproductive lives may defy sociocultural norms, religious codes and national laws. Seeking to develop a novel approach for studying the families of the 21st century, it examines the uptake of assisted reproductive technologies by women who opt for lone motherhood, exploring the circulation of reproductive technologies, bodily material, and ideas in two countries recognised as leaders in ART and sexual and reproductive health rights. Through ethnographic research in Spain and the UK, it considers the localisation of assisted reproductive technologies and the ways in which the socio-cultural, politico-legal and ideological intersections between non-normative families and ARTs shape the experiences of those who take them up. A multi-sited ethnography that explores the implementation, use and experience of assisted reproductive technologies, this volume will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, gender studies and science and technology studies.

    Preface: Aims of this book  Introduction  Chapter 1. Solo motherhood: ART, politics, religion and medical practice  Chapter 2. Transcending blood, genes, and the biological nuclear family  Chapter 3. Science, profits and success rates. What about patient care?  Chapter 4. Reproductive agency and ART: the role of hospitals, legal frameworks, and the media  Chapter 5. The intersection of reproductive, work-life balance, early-education and care policies.  Chapter 6. Children’s Education. Does Feminism Matter?  Chapter 7. Conclusions  Appendix  Index


    Ana Bravo-Moreno is Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University College of London, UK, and Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Granada, Spain.