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Author Roberts, Elizabeth F. S., 1970-

Title God's laboratory : assisted reproduction in the Andes / Elizabeth F.S. Roberts
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2012
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Contents Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication Page; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Cast of Characters; Preface; Introduction: Reproductive Assistance; Corporeal Punishment: Sandra; 1. Private Medicine and the Law of Life; Crazy for Bingo: Consuelo; 2. Assisted Whiteness; Yo Soy Teresa la Fea/Ugly Teresa; 3. White Beauty: Gamete Donation in a Mestizo Nation; When Blood Calls: Frida and Anabela; 4. Egg Economies and the Traffic between Women; Abandonment: Vanessa; 5. On Ice: Embryo Destinies; Conclusion: Care-Worthy; Notes; References; Index
Summary Assisted reproduction, with its test tubes, injections, and gamete donors, often raises important concerns regarding matters of life and kinship. Yet these concerns do not take the same form everywhere around the world. In this innovative ethnography of in vitro fertilization in Ecuador, Elizabeth Roberts shows how having children through biotechnological intervention is not only tolerated, it is embraced by the population, despite widespread poverty and official condemnation by the Catholic Church. Roberts takes us into clinics, laboratories, and homes, providing a textured picture of the int
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Fertilization in vitro, Human -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
Human reproductive technology -- Andes Region.
Human reproductive technology -- Ecuador.
Medical anthropology -- Andes Region.
Medical anthropology -- Ecuador.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520270827
0520952251 (electronic bk.)
9780520952256 (electronic bk.)