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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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‘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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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