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Parenthood as intended: Reproductive responsibility, moral judgements and having children ‘by accident’ – new article by Robert Pralat in The Sociological Review

last modified Aug 02, 2019 02:42 PM

A new article by Robert Pralat is now out in The Sociological Review. “Parenthood as intended: Reproductive responsibility, moral judgements and having children ‘by accident’” explores meanings of a particular comment that, in Robert’s interviews with lesbians and gay men, women in particular often made unprompted: that, as a same-sex couple, ‘you can’t have a child by accident’. The article looks into the seemingly central role of the self-described ‘inability’ to become a parent ‘accidentally’ in lesbian and gay people’s thinking about parenthood, and asks: what does it all tell us about parenting intentions, social class and privilege?

The Reproductive Sociology Research Group supports research and teaching on the social and cultural implications of new reproductive technologies. ReproSoc is based within the Department of Sociology and is part of an expanding concentration of Reproductive Studies at Cambridge, is led by Professor Sarah Franklin and has funding from the Wellcome Trust, British Academy, ESRC, ERC, and Office of the Vice Chancellor, as well as several other funding bodies.


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LIFE IN GLASS is a series of cultural experiments that explore the relation between reproductive technologies and the social worlds we live in. Through art, film and creative dialogue, we consider how reproductive technologies come to play an ever larger role in the process of imagining when, how, if, and what we reproduce in our lifetimes.

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