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A Portrait of Assisted Reproduction in Mexico

Scientific, Political, and Cultural Interactions

Authors: Gonzalez-Santos, Sandra Patricia

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  • Offers an important contribution to the burgeoning sub-field of social studies of assisted reproductive technologies, which are increasingly being carried out in countries outside of Euro-AmericaSituates the introduction of AR technologies in Mexico through the social, cultural, and postcolonial historical frames that dictated how it was incorporated into broader biomedical practiceAdopts a multi-layered STS framework, incorporating feminist STS, postcolonial STS, and biomedical STS

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This book paints a comprehensive portrait of Mexico’s system of assisted reproduction first from a historical perspective, then from a more contemporary viewpoint. Based on a detailed analysis of books and articles published between the 1950s and 1980s, the first section tells the story of how the epistemic, normative, and material infrastructure of the assisted reproduction system was built. It traces the professionalization process of assisted reproduction as a medical field and the establishment of its professional association. Drawing on ethnographic material, the second part looks at how this system developed and flourished from the 1980s up to 2010, its commercialization process, how the expansion of reproductive services took place, and the messages regarding reproductive technologies that circulated within a wide discursive landscape. Given its scope and methods, this book will appeal to scholars interested in science and technology studies, reproduction studies, history of medicine, medical anthropology, and sociology.

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Sandra P. González Santos, PhD is a part-time researcher at the Bioethics Faculty at the Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City and a member of Changing (In)Fertilities (Cambridge University). She has been researching the field of assisted reproduction in Mexico from a science and technology studies perspective since 2006.

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“The book is an outstanding contribution to the field of Science and Technology Studies in Latin America … . The book is of great value to both postcolonial and feminist scholars with an interest on the complex relation between science and reproduction, between a global governance of health and the distinctively local hierarchies to which modernity so easily accommodates.” (Abril Saldaña-Tejeda, Tapuya, January 31, 2020)
“A Portrait of Assisted Reproduction in Mexico is a terrific book that examines how assisted reproduction gradually became economically, technically, and socially acceptable in Mexico from the post-revolutionary pro-natalist eugenic period through to the present. Where other scholars have tended to focus on the biomedical, patient-consumer, third-party, or cross-border aspects of assisted reproductive technologies, Dr. Sandra González Santos focuses instead on the building of a new professionalized assisted reproduction sector and on its methods of communication in popular culture within a nation situated between the USA, Latin America, Spain, Catholicism, and the emergence of a modern nation state that controls reproduction. I highly recommend this beautifully written book.” (Professor Charis Thompson, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Portrait of Assisted Reproduction in Mexico
Book Subtitle
Scientific, Political, and Cultural Interactions
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23041-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23041-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23040-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-23043-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 301
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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