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Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Relative Strangers: Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception

Authors: Nordqvist, P., Smart, C.

  • First book to explore how donor conception practices are situated in and impact on wider family relationships and personal life
  • Examines both lesbian and heterosexual parents and the perspective of grandparents - a highly original and under-theorized viewpoint
  • The authors explore the lived reality of donor conception using in-depth interviews to offer insights into the complexities of these new family relationships
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With reproductive medical technologies becoming more accessible, assisted donor conception is raising new and important questions about family life. Using in-depth interviews the authors explore the lived reality of donor conception and offer insights into the complexities of these new family relationships.

Reviews

"This book isn't a dry academic tome ... it is accessible and can be read by anyone with an interest in donor conception. I would strongly recommend it to parents of donor-conceived children to whom it could be enormously reassuring." - Sarah Norcross, BioNews

"The insights gained in the in-depth interviews with members of lesbian and heterosexual couple families who have used donor conception are beyond anything I have ever come across before, and should be enormously helpful in re-assessing both the policy and practice of the range of support that needs to be in place at every stage of the donor conception family journey." - Olivia's View blog

"The book is very interesting and a good illustration of some of some of the changes, dynamics and fluidities of family life." - Network: Magazine of the British Sociological Association

"Intelligent and informed reflection on how the interviewees themselves have come to work on the relevant issues, how their own uses of metaphors relating to genes and the contribution of donor gametes have been shaped by their experiences, and how this work reflects on family life and kinship more widely." - Journal of Social Policy

'It is not often that an academic book can be described as truly delightful, but, in the case of Relative Strangers such a description is certainly appropriate.' Sociology of Health & Illness


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Nordqvist, Petra (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Proper Families? Cultural Expectations and Donor Conception

    Nordqvist, Petra (et al.)

    Pages 11-28

  • Uncharted Territories: Donor Conception in Personal Life

    Nordqvist, Petra (et al.)

    Pages 29-47

  • Ripples through the Family

    Nordqvist, Petra (et al.)

    Pages 48-67

  • Keeping It Close: Sensitivities and Secrecy

    Nordqvist, Petra (et al.)

    Pages 68-86

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-29764-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Download immediately after purchase
Hardcover $105.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-29763-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $33.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-29766-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Relative Strangers: Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29764-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137297648
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-29763-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-29766-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 192
Topics