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Reproductive Geographies

Bodies, Places and Politics, 1st Edition

Edited by Marcia R. England, Maria Fannin, Helen Hazen


230 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction Maria Fannin, Marcia England and Helen Hazen Part I: Politics of Reproduction 1.‘Surplus’ embryos and the fertility bioeconomy Juliane Collard 2. ‘It’s like a disease’: Women’s perceptions of Cesarean Sections in Ghana’s Upper West Region Andrea Rishworth 3. Birth and biopolitics: Maternity migration and the rise of domopolitics in Hong Kong Robert Kaiser 4. Latent citizenship and Chinese birth tourism: multi-scalar reproductive geographies and citizenship acquisition by birth Sean Wang Part II: Place 5. Who and where: A case study of preconception decision-making Marcia England 6. ‘The best of both worlds?’: Narratives of birth center experiences Helen Hazen 7. Birth/place: Creating spatial meaning through homebirth practice Risa Whitson 8. Blurring boundaries: Exploring the lived experiences of pregnant graduate students Katie Merkle 9. Commercial Surrogacy in India Dalia Bhattacharjee Part III: Spaces of the Body 10. Making an 'embryological vision of the world:' law, maternity, and the Kyoto Collection Maria Fannin 11. Behind closed doors: the hidden water needs of menopausal women in Ghana Amita Bhakta, Brian Reed and Julie Fisher 12. Inter-uterine spaces: Sensing, imagining and mothering Abi McNiven and Rachel Colls

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge International Studies of Women and Place

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography