God's Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes (Paperback)Elizabeth F. S. Roberts (author)
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Publisher: University of California Press
Number of pages: 298
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"Roberts's rich ethnography makes a worthy addition to the anthropology of reproduction." * American Anthropologist *
"God's Laboratory makes a significant contribution to social science literatures on medicine, reproduction, and the body; it is a must-read for anyone interested in how new reproductive technologies are received and interpreted in developing countries." * Latin American Perspectives *
"Roberts's stunning ethnography . . . is the perfect anthropological antidote to the North American evangelical right's fetishization of reproductive material as 'life itself' and to the Vatican's condemnation of IVF as the unnatural production of artificial life and killable embryos." * Current Anthropology *
"Roberts contextualizes reproductive assistance in rich ethnographic detail to uncover its diversity of forms including medical, familial, and spiritual. . . . [The book] offers an original analysis of the complicated relationship between technology and religion while encouraging more discussion, including cross-cultural comparisons, on practices of care related to assisted reproduction. An invaluable contribution to medical anthropology, Latin American studies and gender and women's studies, God's Laboratory provides an insightful analysis of the nature of person-making and the role of technology and faith to family formation." * Hemispheric Institute *
"An important contribution to the anthropology of reproduction and Latin American studies, among other fields." * Somatosphere *
"This is surely, really, a book of our times. It offers a skillful ethnography, a quite original cultural analysis, a contribution to science studies as well as medical anthropology, an engaging history of divergent religiosities, and a resource for anyone interested in diverse philosophies of personhood." -- Marilyn Strathern, * Comparative Studies in Society and History *
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