Intimate Lives in the Global Bioeconomy: Reproductive Biographies of Mexican Egg Donors

Perler, Laura; Schurr, Carolin (2020). Intimate Lives in the Global Bioeconomy: Reproductive Biographies of Mexican Egg Donors. Body & society, 27(3), pp. 3-27. SAGE Publications 10.1177/1357034X20936326

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Research on cross-border reproductive care has shown how the geographical, historical, economic and political contexts in which egg donation takes place shape this transnational practice. As many women offer their oocytes due to their precarious conditions, they become seen as ‘bioavailable bodies’. The presence of these bioavailable bodies is key to the emergence of global egg donation hotspots. We argue that feminist research needs to go beyond the conceptualization of egg donors as bioavailable bodies. We suggest the analysis of ‘reproductive biographies’ as an innovative way to understand the entanglements of the global bioeconomy with intimate experiences of reproduction. We suggest advancing current feminist discussions around clinical labour by (1) studying the entanglements between the global bioeconomy, a neoliberalized healthcare system, systematic feminicide and women’s reproductive biographies, and by (2) revealing how women’s decision to donate results from gendered dependencies, obligations of care and coercive moments in egg donors’ reproductive biographies.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Cultural Geography
09 Interdisciplinary Units > Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ICFG)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

Graduate School:

Graduate School Gender Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Schurr, Carolin


900 History > 910 Geography & travel




SAGE Publications


[4] Swiss National Science Foundation


[UNSPECIFIED] ConEGGtions: Egg donation between Spain and Switzerland




Carolin Lydia Schurr

Date Deposited:

30 Sep 2020 13:46

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:40

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