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

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

Charis Thompson


Assisted reproductive expertise (ART) makes infants and oldsters instantly. Drawing on technological know-how and expertise reports, feminist idea, and old and ethnographic analyses of paintings clinics, Charis Thompson explores the intertwining of organic copy with the non-public, political, and technological meanings of replica. She analyzes the "ontological choreography" at paintings clinics -- the dynamics during which technical, medical, kinship, gender, emotional, felony, political, monetary, and different issues are coordinated -- utilizing ethnographic facts to handle questions frequently taken care of 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 during which to determine the ensuing adjustments within the relatives among technology and society.

After giving an account of the book's disciplinary roots in technological know-how and know-how experiences and in feminist scholarship on replica, Thompson involves the ethnographic center of her research. She develops her inspiration of ontological choreography through interpreting ART's normalization of "miraculous" expertise (including the etiquette of technological sex); gender identification within the assigned roles of mom and dad and the conservative nature of gender relatives within the sanatorium; the naturalization of technologically assisted kinship and procreative reason; and sufferers' pursuit of employer via objectification and expertise. ultimately, 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 technology and society.

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