Tag: reproduction

The new trial communities: challenges and opportunities in preconception cohorts by Michelle Pentecost

Michelle Pentecost , July 22nd, 2021

The Excavating the Biosocial series has so far focused on birth cohorts as ethnographic object (Gibbon and Pentecost 2020). In this post, I explore the expansion of interest…


Reproductive rights in the time of COVID-19 by Cassandra Yuill

Cassandra Yuill , March 29th, 2020

As the global pandemic escalates, health services are rapidly changing, creating tension between reproductive rights and safeguarding against COVID-19 spread, revealing the question: what is essentia…


Birth as Ritual/Ritual as Birth

Alma Gottlieb , March 11th, 2019

Cultural anthropologist, Robbie Davis-Floyd, is considered by many as the Queen of Childbirth Studies.   A Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of…

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Web Roundup: CRISPR Babies and Bioethics by Whitney Arey

Whitney Arey , January 1st, 2019

In late November, He Jiankui, a scientist in China, announced that he had created the first “CRISPR babies,” meaning that he performed germ-line genome edits on human embryos, which…


Splice of Life by Lisa Jean Moore

Lisa Jean Moore , May 8th, 2018

A Birthday Present Georgia, my middle daughter of three, is a combination of my DNA and identity release[1] donor #2817[2]. Unlike her sisters who both have the advantage…


Ultrasound as a diagnostic tool in Brazil: celebrating babies, blurring problems. by Ilana Löwy

Ilana Löwy , April 30th, 2018

This is a photograph of a publicity for a “street corner” obstetrical ultrasound in Brazil. It proclaims: “ultrasound examinations at low prices.” The advertised “low prices” can be…


Texting Like A State: mHealth and the first thousand days in South Africa by Nanna Schneidermann

Nanna Schneidermann , January 17th, 2018

What does making a new life look like from the perspective of a mobile phone? For the phone of a woman using the public health care system in…


‘On paper’ and ‘having papers’: migrants navigating medical xenophobia and obstetric rights in South Africa by Tamuka Chekero

Tamuka Chekero , October 25th, 2017

Chekero met Pauline at a local pharmacy in Giyani, a small town in the north-east of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The area is best known to…


Replicants and Reproduction: Blade Runner 2049 and Sci Fi’s Obsession with Motherhood

Emma Louise Backe , October 19th, 2017

(Warning: Blade Runner 2049 spoilers.) From the outset of Blade Runner 2049, Agent K (Ryan Gosling) is promised the possibility of a miracle. No longer more human than…

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‘A bit of a compromise’: Coming to terms with an emergency caesarean section by Terena Koster

Terena Koster , July 24th, 2017

During the midwife-hosted antenatal class Cath attended in a private hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, where she would eventually give birth, pregnant women were encouraged to name…


Reproductive Travelers

Alexandra Frankel , February 15th, 2017

Examining the migratory pathways of a global reproductive industry.   We’ve joined forces with AAA’s latest public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration”…

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Embryos on the Move: Transnational Networks of Surrogacy #MedTech

Anika König , January 24th, 2017

Gestational surrogacy is a reproductive technology where embryos are produced ‘in-vitro’ in a laboratory and subsequently implanted into the uterus of a woman – the gestational surrogate or…


Top of the Heap: Elly Teman by Hannah Gibson

Hannah Gibson , January 7th, 2016

For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Elly Teman, a medical anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of reproduction and a senior lecturer…


Rachel Smith: The “hidden abodes” of temporary migration programs

Focaal Web Editor , November 12th, 2015

Organizations such as the World Bank have repeated what has been called the “migration development mantra.” In this, remittances appear as a panacea—or “wonder drug” (Green 2015)—for economic…


When Research Bleeds into Real Life: Studying Reproductive Ageing while Ageing Reproductively by Carrie Friese

Carrie Friese , November 4th, 2015

In a book chapter addressing feminist research methods and women’s health and healing, Rayna Rapp (1999) wrote about the complicated ways in which everyday life is embroiled in…


Plastics, tiny penises, and human evolution

gregdowney , April 20th, 2015

By Greg Downey.  (5000 words) An Italian study in 2012 found that men’s penises were growing smaller over time — two centimetres lost from grandfather to grandson in…