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Reproductive Technologies, Reproductive Futures

ANTH 211
Fall 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 211, SISP 211
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

Though around for more than 60 years now, the reproductive technologies--from contraceptives to gestational surrogacy to transspecies reproduction--still seem as "new" and as "cutting edge" as ever. These technologies promise to reconfigure life as we know it, spawning controversial, and to many, liberating kinship and social formations, harrowing ethical dilemmas, unprecedented reproductive contractual arrangements, and, more recently, a growing market in the transnational traffic of gametes and gestational services. Through feminist, anthropological, and historical lenses, we will contextualize and query this global phenomenon of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) with special attention to their social impact on human lives, kinship formation, imaginations of the facts of life, and knowledge/power. We will also consider their uses in neoliberal projects of globalized health, social reform, and economic redress in the global South. Topics include technology and the body; gender, sexuality, and health; race, class, and the biopolitics of reproduction; reproduction and the state; reproduction and the law; reproduction and intellectual property; cultures of reproductive science and medicine; feminist critiques of reproduction.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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