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Outsourcing labor

Surrogacy as body care work

verfasst von: Anabel Stoeckle

Erschienen in: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie | Ausgabe 1/2018

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Abstract

Surrogacy has created new pathways to parenthood, but simultaneously opened up a heated debate among ethicists, lawmakers, and scholars in the social sciences and humanities. In a surrogacy arrangement, an individual or a couple hire a woman to gestate and birth a child for them. The most common way to do this is via gestational surrogacy, in which another woman’s egg is inseminated and then implanted into the surrogate’s uterus.
Theorizing surrogacy as a form of work is relatively new. What sorts of “work” do surrogate mothers perform? Is surrogacy only “work” when the surrogate is paid or is it also work if there is no financial compensation involved? This article suggests that surrogates perform body care work in both instances.
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It should be noted though that the line between altruistic and commercial surrogacy is not always perfectly clear. Is an arrangement between two sisters in which the sister agrees to be a surrogate for the other sister and receives some form of financial compensation altruistic or commercial? At least in the US context, this surrogacy arrangement would most likely still be considered to be altruistic even though it does have commercial characteristics.
 
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Metadaten
Titel
Outsourcing labor
Surrogacy as body care work
verfasst von
Anabel Stoeckle
Publikationsdatum
01.03.2018
Verlag
Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
Erschienen in
Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie / Ausgabe 1/2018
Print ISSN: 1011-0070
Elektronische ISSN: 1862-2585
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11614-018-0289-7

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