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Kalindi Vora

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693948.001.0001

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Transnational Gestational Surrogacy

Transnational Gestational Surrogacy

Expectation and Exchange

(p.103) 4 Transnational Gestational Surrogacy
Life Support

Kalindi Vora

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter draws from original ethnographic research conducted in 2008 at a fertility clinic in Northern India to examine how Assisted Reproductive Technologies expand options for childless couples with financial resources to pursue low-cost surrogacy and for laboring-class Indian women to sell the use of their bodies to gestate these children for higher wages than they could otherwise earn. At the same time, IVF technologies expand the increasing number of commodity forms of human life and human vital energy, they allow the Indian surrogate’s womb and its biological functions to be abstracted from the rest of her life and made excessive to her non-reproductive existence.

Keywords:   Surrogacy, call centers, labor, biocapital, outsourcing, information technology, organ trade, biopolitics, India

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