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Author Wahlberg, Ayo, author.

Title Good quality : the routinization of sperm banking in China / Ayo Wahlberg.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]

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Description 1 online resource (xv, 229 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : jingzi weiji : sperm crisis -- The birth of art in China -- Improving population quality -- Exposed biologies -- Mobilizing sperm donors -- Making quality auditable -- Borrowing sperm -- Conclusion : routinization.
Summary "From its crude and uneasy beginnings thirty years ago, Chinese sperm banking has become a routine part of China's pervasive and restrictive reproductive complex. Today, there are sperm banks in fifteen of China's twenty-two provinces, the biggest of which screen some 2,000-3,000 potential donors each year. With an estimated one to two-million azoospermic men--those who are unable to produce their own sperm--the demand remains insatiable. China's fifteen sperm banks cannot keep up, spurring sperm bank directors to publicly lament chronic shortages and even warn of a national 'sperm crisis' (jingzi weiji). Good quality explores the issues behind the crisis, including declining sperm quality in the country due to environmental pollution, as well as a chronic national shortage of donors. Whalberg also outlines the specific style of Chinese sperm banking that has been shaped by the particular cultural, juridical, economic and social configurations that make up China's restrictive reproductive complex. Good Quality shows how this high-throughput style shapes the ways in which men experience donation and sperm is made available to couples who can afford it"--Provided by publisher.
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Subject Sperm banks -- China.
Sperm donors -- China.
Artificial insemination -- China.
China -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Title Routinization of sperm banking in China
Other Form: Print version: Wahlberg, Ayo. Good quality. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] 9780520297777 (DLC) 2018006229
ISBN 9780520969995 (electronic book)
0520969995 (electronic book)
9780520297777 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)