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The Politics of Reproduction: Adoption, Abortion and Surrogacy in the Age of Neoliberalism uniquely brings together three sites of reproduction and reproductive politics to demonstrate their entanglement in creating or restricting options for family-making. The original essays in this collection—which draw from a wide range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives—are attentive to neoliberalism’s reshaping of economies and intimacies to better understand the politics of reproduction. By looking at particular instances (surrogacy in Mexico, forced sterilization in Peru, and racialized biopolitics in post-Katrina Mississippi, among other sites), The Politics of Reproduction focuses on the effects of a radically altered economic landscape on individual choice-making. As a whole, the volume critically engages the question of choice to better understand the costs of a political and ideological climate that encourages, even demands, individual solutions to intractable social problems. Whose choices are amplified in the use of new biomedical technologies and assisted reproduction? Why and how are we discouraged from understanding the economic motivations behind the “choice” to surrender a baby for adoption or to become a surrogate or to seek an abortion? Attentive to the historical, cultural, and ideological conjunctures of reproductive politics, The Politics of Reproduction makes a distinctive contribution to feminist analyses of the specific challenges posed by neoliberalism to reproductive possibilities, politics, and justice in the contemporary moment.
About the Author
Modhumita Roy is Associate Professor at Tufts University. Mary Thompson is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at James Madison University.
“This volume works together wonderfully to show us how the notion of ‘choice’ works in the context of the transnational force of neoliberalism and other inequalities to make some people’s reproduction less free, to produce reproduction that is more, not less, stratified.” —Laura Briggs
“We can only fully understand any one of three contested sites of reproduction (abortion, adoption, and surrogacy) by considering all three in conversation with each other. By addressing all three activities as parts of a collective whole, the editors illuminate important ways that reproduction operates in today’s global world.” —Abigail L. Palko