Baby markets : money and the new politics of creating families /

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Imprint:Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Description:1 online resource (xxi, 314 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Subject:Adoption -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Human reproductive technology -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Child welfare -- United States.
Intercountry adoption.
Family planning -- Evaluation.
Family policy.
Human reproduction -- Political aspects.
Human reproductive technology -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Other authors / contributors:Goodwin, Michele, editor.
ISBN:9780511802379 (ebook)
9780521513739 (hardback)
9780521735100 (paperback)
Notes:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
Summary:Creating families can no longer be described by heterosexual reproduction in the intimacy of a couple's home and the privacy of their bedroom. To the contrary, babies can be brought into families through complex matrixes involving lawyers, coordinators, surrogates, 'brokers', donors, sellers, endocrinologists, and without any traditional forms of intimacy. In direct response to the need and desire to parent, men, women, and couples - gay and straight - have turned to viable, alternative means: baby markets. This book examines the ways in which Westerners create families through private, market processes. From homosexual couples skirting Mother Nature by going to the assisted reproductive realm and buying the sperm or ova that will complete the reproductive process, to Americans travelling abroad to acquire children in China, Korea, or Ethiopia, market dynamics influence how babies and toddlers come into Western families. Michele Goodwin and a group of contributing experts explore how financial interests, aesthetic preferences, pop culture, children's needs, race, class, sex, religion, and social customs influences the law and economics of baby markets.
Other form:Print version: 9780521513739