From biopolitics to bioeconomies: The ART of (re-)producing white futures in Mexico's surrogacy market

Schurr, Carolin (2017). From biopolitics to bioeconomies: The ART of (re-)producing white futures in Mexico's surrogacy market. Environment and planning. D, Society and space, 35(2), pp. 241-262. Sage 10.1177/0263775816638851

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Reproduction has been the privileged site of post-colonial eugenic politics through which the future national body is regulated in racial terms. Nikolas Rose argues that new forms of liberal eugenics have replaced traditional state biopolitics. In the current bioeconomy, it is no longer the state but active consumers that make (racialized) reproductive choices. The market of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in Mexico serves as an empirical case to argue that the liberal eugenics practiced in this market recasts rather than replaces traditional state biopolitics. This becomes evident in (1) the racialized access to surrogacy programs in Mexico and (2) in giving higher value to white sex cells, while (3) devaluing the genetic traits of non-white women through the selection and classification processes of reproductive laborers. Analyzing the transnational geographies of surrogacy markets in Mexico, the article investigates how future bodies are whitened through biomedical practices and consumer choices that are shaped by and simultaneously reinforce (post-)colonial imaginaries of white desirability.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Cultural Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Schurr, Carolin

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel
700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0263-7758

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Julian Spycher

Date Deposited:

13 Sep 2018 15:49

Last Modified:

29 Jul 2019 14:03

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0263775816638851

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119200

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119200

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