Making Parents: The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies (Inside Technology)

Making Parents: The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies (Inside Technology)

Charis Thompson


Assisted reproductive know-how (ART) makes infants and fogeys right now. Drawing on technological know-how and expertise reports, feminist concept, and historic and ethnographic analyses of paintings clinics, Charis Thompson explores the intertwining of organic replica with the non-public, political, and technological meanings of replica. She analyzes the "ontological choreography" at paintings clinics -- the dynamics wherein technical, medical, kinship, gender, emotional, felony, political, monetary, and different issues are coordinated -- utilizing ethnographic facts to deal with questions frequently handled within the summary. Reproductive applied sciences, says Thompson, are a part of the expanding tendency to show social difficulties into biomedical questions and will be used as a lens in which to work out the ensuing alterations within the family members among technological know-how and society.

After giving an account of the book's disciplinary roots in technology and know-how experiences and in feminist scholarship on copy, Thompson involves the ethnographic center of her learn. She develops her suggestion of ontological choreography by means of reading ART's normalization of "miraculous" know-how (including the etiquette of technological sex); gender id within the assigned roles of father and mother and the conservative nature of gender relatives within the health center; the naturalization of technologically assisted kinship and procreative rationale; and sufferers' pursuit of supplier via objectification and know-how. eventually, Thompson explores the economies of reproductive applied sciences, concluding with a speculative and polemical examine the "biomedical mode of replica" as a predictor of destiny relatives among technological know-how and society.

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