Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai (Hardback)
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Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai (Hardback)

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Hardback 408 Pages / Published: 14/08/2015
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In their desperate quest for conception, thousands of infertile couples from around the world travel to the global in vitro fertilization (IVF) hub of Dubai. In Cosmopolitan Conceptions Marcia C. Inhorn highlights the stories of 220 "reprotravelers" from fifty countries who sought treatment at a "cosmopolitan" IVF clinic in Dubai. These couples cannot find safe, affordable, legal, and effective IVF services in their home countries, and their stories offer a window into the world of infertility-a world that is replete with pain, fear, danger, frustration, and financial burden. These hardships dispel any notion that traveling for IVF treatment is reproductive tourism. The magnitude of reprotravel to Dubai, Inhorn contends, reflects the failure of countries to meet their citizens' reproductive needs, which suggests the necessity of creating new forms of activism that advocate for developing alternate pathways to parenthood, reducing preventable forms of infertility, supporting the infertile, and making safe and low-cost IVF available worldwide.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822359135
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Cosmopolitan Conceptions offers a fresh and much needed perspective on global infertility.... This book is a crucial read for those interested in the politics of reproduction, parenthood, kinship, globalization, the use of technologies, modernization, and the Middle East.... Inhorn has created a provocative account of infertile couples' quests for a child, which not only contributes to scholarly discussions, but also to public debates about infertility and treatment and the global movement of knowledge and technologies." -- Cortney Hughes Rinker * Middle East Journal *
"This book truly does take the reader into the 'womb' of a cosmopolitan IVF clinic and the reprotravelers who are its clientele. It is a must read for students of anthropology, medicine, women's history, whether or not they are involved in research on human reproduction. This is a must read for NGOs, ministries of health, medical practitioners, and others who are deeply committed, particularly in noncosmopolitan states, to working for the improvement of women's maternal and reproductive health. I highly recommend this enlightening, ethnographically rich and deeply compassionate book." -- Naomi M. McPherson * Anthropology Book Forum *
"This outstanding and readable book is equally valuable for interdisciplinary scholars, global reproductive justice advocates, and infertility caregivers." -- Laury Oaks * American Anthropologist *
"What strikes me most, as an anthropologist also engaged in the uphill struggle of tracing varied global reproductive travel routes, is Inhorn's uncanny ability to truly engage with her informants. She embodies the cultural cosmopolitanism of which she writes. Her empathic nature and ability to speak with couples from all over the world reveals her skills of engaging with people-the heart of the anthropological endeavor." -- Amy Speier * Medical Anthropology Quarterly *
"This well-written and powerful book can and should be read by a wide audience." -- Susie Kilshaw * Journal of International and Global Studies *
"Inhorn has a sure grasp on global infertility issues and uses her rich empirical data to argue for better, and fairer, provision of ARTs across the world.... The great strength of Cosmopolitan Conceptions is Inhorn's ability to give voice to her informants."
-- Katharine Dow * Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute *

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