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Commodification of Body Parts in the Global South

Transnational Inequalities and Development Challenges

Authors: Nahavandi, Firouzeh

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This book proposes the introduction of a development-related perspective to scholarly critique of the human body’s commodification. Nahavandi contends that the commodification of human body parts reflects a modern form of such well-known historical phenomena as slavery and colonization, and can be considered a new and additional form of appropriation and extraction of resources from the Global South. What are the commonalities between hair trade, surrogacy, kidney sale and attraction of brains? The author argues that these all characterize a world where increasingly everything can be traded or is considered to be tradeable. A world where, similar to any other goods, body parts have entered the global market either legally or illegally. Through a series of multidisciplinary comparative studies, the book explores how forms commodification of the human body are fuelled by issues of poverty in the Global South, and inequality in transnational relations.                                                    

About the authors

Firouzeh Nahavandi is a professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles (Brussels), and Director of the Research Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CECID). She has mainly written in French on development processes, and in particular on Islamic countries.                                           

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Commodification of Body Parts in the Global South
Book Subtitle
Transnational Inequalities and Development Challenges
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50584-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50584-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50583-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 134
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