1st Edition

Reproductive Geographies Bodies, Places and Politics

Edited By Marcia England, Maria Fannin, Helen Hazen Copyright 2019
    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The sites, spaces and subjects of reproduction are distinctly geographical. Reproductive geographies span different scales - body, home, local, national, global - and movements across space.

    This book expands our understanding of the socio-cultural and spatial aspects of fertility, pregnancy and birth. The chapters directly address global perspectives, the future of reproductive politics and state-focused approaches to the politicisation of fertility, pregnancy and birth. The book provides up-to-date explorations on the changing landscapes of reproduction, including the expansion of reproductive technologies, such as surrogacy and intrauterine insemination. Contributions in this book focus on phenomenologically-inspired accounts of women’s lived experience of pregnancy and birth, the biopolitics of birth and citizenship, the material histories of reproductive tissues as "scientific objects" and engagements with public health and development policy.

    This is an essential resource for upper-level undergraduates and graduates studying topics such as Sociology, Geographies of Gender, Women’s Studies and Anthropology of Health and Medicine.

    Introduction: A call for reproductive geographies Part I: Bodies 1 Making an “embryological vision of the world”: Law, maternity and the Kyoto Collection 2. Biological reproduction, respatialised: Conceiving abnormality in a biotech age 3. Right donor, right place: Spatialities of artificial insemination 4. Behind closed doors: The hidden needs of perimenopausal women in Ghana Part II: Places 5. “Here we are!” Exploring academic spaces of pregnant graduate students 6. “It is a jail which does not let us be…”: Negotiating spaces of commercial surrogacy by reproductive labourers in India 7. The best of both worlds? Mothers’ narratives around birth centre experiences in the Twin Cities, Minnesota 8. “My germs, my space, my stuff, my smells”: Homebirth as a site of spatialised resistance in Appalachian Ohio Part III: Politics 9. Birth and biopolitics: Maternity migration, birthright citizenship and domopolitics in Hong Kong 10. National pasts and biopolitical futures in Serbia 11. Reproducing inequalities: Examining the intersection of environment and global maternal and child health. Conclusion: Reproductive bodies, places and politics: future directions


    Marcia R. England is Associate Professor of the Department of Geography at Miami University. Her research interests are in two main areas: access to public spaces and media/pop culture geographies.

    Maria Fannin is Reader in Human Geography, in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. Her research interests include the social and economic dimensions of health, medicine and technology, particularly in relation to reproduction and women’s health.

    Helen Hazen is Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Denver, Colorado. Her research focuses on issues related to health and the environment.