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Women and Reproductive Technologies
The Socio-Economic Development of Technologies Changing the World

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ISBN 9781138606463
November 16, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

A sociological and historical study of the development of reproductive technologies, this book focuses on key technological developments through a biomedicalization lens with special attention to gender. Using in vitro fertilization (IVF) as a hub, it critically examines the main areas of related socio-technical developments: reproductive science, birth control, animal husbandry, genetics, and reproductive medicine. Employing a critical framework to illuminate dominant discourses, the book also highlights examples of social resistance, as well as contradictory responses to new reproductive technologies. Over eight chapters, the author examines the social history of reproduction and sexuality, reproductive technologies from old to new, and debates surrounding new reproductive technologies and genetic engineering. Women and Reproductive Technologies pays close attention to the interconnections between the business of reproduction (and replication industries), the sociality of reproduction (including reproductive justice), and what are considered the technologies themselves. As such, it constitutes essential reading for students and researchers in the fields of sociology, health studies and gender studies interested in the current state of human reproduction.

Table of Contents


1. Reproductive Theories – Then and Now

2. The Medicalization of Pregnancy and Birth

3. The Social Control of Reproduction

4. Reproduction and Sexuality

5. In Vitro Fertilization and Genetic Engineering

6. The Regulation of New Reproductive Technologies and Genetic Engineering

7. Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Justice in the Face of NRTs

8. Women-and-New-Reproductive-Technologies: Kinship and the Biomedicalization of Life Itself

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Annette Burfoot is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada. She is the editor of The Encyclopedia of Reproductive Technologies and the four volume set Visual Culture and Gender, and the co-editor of Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence.

Derya Güngör received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Queen's University in 2019. She is specialized in feminist theories, biopolitics, reproduction politics, pregnancy governance, and sociology of medicine.