The Rhetoric of Choice: The Feminist Debates on Reproductive Choice in the Commercial Surrogacy Arrangement in India

Majumdar, Anindita (2014) The Rhetoric of Choice: The Feminist Debates on Reproductive Choice in the Commercial Surrogacy Arrangement in India. Gender, Technology and Development, 18 (2). pp. 275-301. ISSN 0971-8524

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Abstract

This article examines three predominant discourses that are part of the analysis of commercial surrogacy: the commodification of "motherhood;" the "romance" of the gift relationship; and the "agency" of the surrogate mother, especially in relation to the feminist and academic analysis of commercial surrogacy in India. Motherhood, agency, and the romance of the gift continue to influence the study and analysis of surrogacy as strong rhetorical ideologies. In the process, they are reified as the primary structural contexts within which surrogacy seems to operate. The article reviews the contemporary research literature on commercial surrogacy to look at the academic engagements with these three ideas.

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Majumdar, Anindita0000-0002-5836-0047
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ART; Commercial surrogacy; Commodification; Motherhood; Romance of the gift; Women's agency
Subjects: Social sciences
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: . LibTrainee 2021
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2021 06:47
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2021 06:47
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/8216
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1177/0971852414529484
OA policy: https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/9162
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