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New publication on surrogacy & gay men in French!

last modified Feb 28, 2018 08:42 AM

Dear French-speaking Colleagues, from 28 Feb 2018 on you can read this first French-language volume of empirical studies on global surrogacy experiences – including a chapter on transnational gay fathers and surrogate mothers in the US, written by ReproSoc research associate Marcin Smietana. This pioneering volume, published by Presses de l'Université du Québec, includes chapters on experiences of surrogate mothers, intended parents and surrogacy professionals worldwide, written by world-leading scholars in the area. Marcin's chapter shows the specific ways surrogate mothers and intended fathers negotiate tensions between affective and economic exchanges, which are both involved in surrogacy in the US. The chapter also looks at what 'queering reproduction' may mean in this case, as surrogacy comes as a pathway to parenthood for some gay men. Thanks and congratulations to the volume editors: Isabel Côté (l'Université du Québec en Outaouais, UQO), Kévin Lavoie (UQO) and Jérôme Courduriès (l'Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès), as well as to all the authors in this volume, and the research collaborators and interviewees! Hopefully this volume can contribute to the ongoing and future debates on changes to 'bioethics laws' in France, Québec and elsewhere.

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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