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Author Whittaker, Andrea (Andrea M.), 1967- author.

Title International surrogacy as disruptive industry in Southeast Asia / Andrea Whittaker.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2019]

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Description 1 online resource (xx, 225 pages)
text file
Series Medical anthropology : health, inequality, and social justice
Medical anthropology (New Brunswick, N.J.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The growth of disruptive commercial surrogacy in Asia -- Merit and money : the moral economy of surrogacy -- The best of intentions -- Facilitation -- Digital umbilical cords -- Rotten trade -- Baby Gammy -- New destinations, new markets -- Conclusions : the future of international surrogacy.
Summary "Over the last 15 years or so, a new trade in assisted reproduction has grown across the world, offering people the opportunity to form families through cross-border exchanges of gametes, embryos, and gestational surrogates. This trade has been aided by the advent of affordable transport, information technologies, and the movement of assisted reproductive expertise around the world, combined with regulatory differences between different jurisdictions that make it possible for people to circumvent restrictions in their home countries to pursue their imagined families elsewhere. However, the growth of this industry has thrown into relief older forms of inequality by class, race, or economic status, and poses new questions about the social impact of these technologies and the new opportunities and threats they pose to women, particularly poorer women from developing countries, whose bodies are the sources of these products. International Surrogacy as Disruptive Industry in Southeast Asia traces the rise and fall of surrogacy as a commercial service in Thailand. Thailand had been a popular destination for commercial surrogacy from 2011 until the 'Baby Gammy' case in 2014, which caused the military government of Thailand to ban the practice in 2015. Since its closure in Thailand, the industry has moved to other countries in the region, such as Cambodia, which lack any current regulations or legislation. This fascinating ethnography brings to light the lives of the intended parents, the doctors, brokers, and regulators in Thailand, to show how this amazing opportunity for some also offers the potential for exploitation of vulnerable groups of people in the absence of adequate protections"-- Provided by publisher
Language In English.
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Subject Surrogate motherhood -- Social aspects -- Thailand.
Surrogate motherhood -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Thailand.
Surrogate motherhood -- Cross-cultural studies.
Cross-cultural studies.
Medical anthropology.
Southeast Asia.
Asia, Southeastern
Surrogate motherhood.
Surrogate motherhood -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Surrogate motherhood -- Social aspects.
Anthropologische Medizin
Extrakorporale Befruchtung
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Cross-cultural studies.
Other Form: Print version: Whittaker, Andrea (Andrea M.), 1967- International surrogacy as disruptive industry in Southeast Asia. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2019] 9780813596846 (DLC) 2018011717 (OCoLC)1029791999
ISBN 9780813596853 (electronic bk.)
0813596858 (electronic bk.)
9780813596877 (electronic book)
0813596874 (electronic book)
Standard No. 10.36019/9780813596877