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Marcia C. Inhorn, Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai

Marcia C. Inhorn, Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai Book Reviews (Duke University Press: Durham, 2015). ISBN 978-0-8223-5933-3, pp. 408, $27.95 (paperback). In this ethnography, well-respected medical anthropologist Marcia C. Inhorn introduces readers to the stories of more than two hundred international ‘reprotravelers’ who are forced to seek technological assistance and reproductive services in Dubai when they are unable to find safe, affordable, legal, and effective IVF services in their home countries. Based on her analysis of nearly 1,700 pages of interview transcripts collected over the course of six years, Inhorn cautions against the term ‘reproductive tourism’ by sensitively highlighting the magnitude of burdens faced by infertile couples. Couples in the study spent an average of $12,897 on in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and related travel. These costs were easily absorbed by most of the highly educated, successful international workers interviewed, but a significant number of repro-travelers described by Inhorn made tremendous financial sacrifices, qualifying as ‘catastrophic expenditure,’ in their quest for a baby. The patchawork of restrictive and permissive regulations governing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) around the world creates a ‘legal mosaic’ which attracts clients to the clinic in cosmopolitan Dubai at the center of this study, hopefully called ‘Conceive.’ The clinic was opened http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Somatechnics Edinburgh University Press

Marcia C. Inhorn, Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai

Somatechnics , Volume 9 (1): 2 – Apr 1, 2019

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Edinburgh University Press
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2044-0138
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10.3366/soma.2019.0270
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Book Reviews (Duke University Press: Durham, 2015). ISBN 978-0-8223-5933-3, pp. 408, $27.95 (paperback). In this ethnography, well-respected medical anthropologist Marcia C. Inhorn introduces readers to the stories of more than two hundred international ‘reprotravelers’ who are forced to seek technological assistance and reproductive services in Dubai when they are unable to find safe, affordable, legal, and effective IVF services in their home countries. Based on her analysis of nearly 1,700 pages of interview transcripts collected over the course of six years, Inhorn cautions against the term ‘reproductive tourism’ by sensitively highlighting the magnitude of burdens faced by infertile couples. Couples in the study spent an average of $12,897 on in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and related travel. These costs were easily absorbed by most of the highly educated, successful international workers interviewed, but a significant number of repro-travelers described by Inhorn made tremendous financial sacrifices, qualifying as ‘catastrophic expenditure,’ in their quest for a baby. The patchawork of restrictive and permissive regulations governing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) around the world creates a ‘legal mosaic’ which attracts clients to the clinic in cosmopolitan Dubai at the center of this study, hopefully called ‘Conceive.’ The clinic was opened

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SomatechnicsEdinburgh University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2019

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