Geographies of assisted reproduction: The Spanish egg donation economy as a global/intimate contact zone

Perler, Laura; Schurr, Carolin (2022). Geographies of assisted reproduction: The Spanish egg donation economy as a global/intimate contact zone. Documents d'Anàlisi Geogràfica, 68(2), pp. 313-333. 10.5565/rev/dag.725

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This article starts from the idea that a fertility clinic is a “contact zone” where differently positioned subjects meet. Broader power relations become tangible in this specific geography of assisted reproduction. This article examines different scales, such as the fertility clinic itself, the national context of reproductive politics in Spain, and the transnational connections of contemporary clinic consortia. By doing so, we reveal the interrelationships that shape this contact zone from the intimate to the global. This interscalar analysis leads to a critique of a transnational fertility industry that is heavily inflicted with logics of productivity and capital accumulation and in which the lives of egg receivers are valued over the lives of egg donors.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Cultural Geography
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology
09 Interdisciplinary Units > Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ICFG)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Perler, Laura and Schurr, Carolin

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
900 History > 910 Geography & travel
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems

ISSN:

0212-1573

Language:

English

Submitter:

Laura Perler

Date Deposited:

20 May 2022 15:05

Last Modified:

20 May 2022 15:05

Publisher DOI:

10.5565/rev/dag.725

Uncontrolled Keywords:

egg donation; global/intimate; reproductive geographies; contact zone; assisted reproductive technologies

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/170120

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/170120

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