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Author Wahlberg, Ayo, author

Title Good quality : the routinization of sperm banking in China / Ayo Wahlberg
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 229 pages)
Contents Introduction : jingzi weiji : sperm crisis -- The birth of art in China -- Improving population quality -- Exposed biologies -- Mobilizing sperm donors -- Making quality auditable -- Borrowing sperm -- Conclusion : routinization
Summary "From its crude and uneasy beginnings thirty years ago, Chinese sperm banking has become a routine part of China's pervasive and restrictive reproductive complex. Today, there are sperm banks in fifteen of China's twenty-two provinces, the biggest of which screen some 2,000-3,000 potential donors each year. With an estimated one to two-million azoospermic men--those who are unable to produce their own sperm--the demand remains insatiable. China's fifteen sperm banks cannot keep up, spurring sperm bank directors to publicly lament chronic shortages and even warn of a national 'sperm crisis' (jingzi weiji). Good quality explores the issues behind the crisis, including declining sperm quality in the country due to environmental pollution, as well as a chronic national shortage of donors. Whalberg also outlines the specific style of Chinese sperm banking that has been shaped by the particular cultural, juridical, economic and social configurations that make up China's restrictive reproductive complex. Good Quality shows how this high-throughput style shapes the ways in which men experience donation and sperm is made available to couples who can afford it"--Provided by publisher
Analysis azoospermic men
chinese sperm banking
chronic national shortage
chronic shortages
declining sperm quality
environmental pollution
jingzi weiji
potential donors
restrictive reproduction
social configurations
sperm banks
sperm crisis
sperm donation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 16, 2018)
Subject Sperm banks -- China
Sperm donors -- China
Artificial insemination -- China
Sperm banks.
Sperm Banks
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Artificial insemination
Manners and customs
Sperm banks
Sperm donors
China -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018006743
ISBN 9780520969995
Other Titles Routinization of sperm banking in China