From Library Journal
Of all the reproductive techniques available today, surrogate motherhood is possibly the most controversial and least understood option. Although thousands of surrogate-assisted births have taken place, perceptions about surrogacy have been colored by the media and ongoing legal and ethical debates. Here, cultural anthropologist Ragone sets controversy aside to present the world of surrogacy as perceived and described by those most intimately involved in it, from program directors and their staffs to the surrogate mothers and the couples who have contracted with them. Based on extensive interviews as well as the latest theoretical research, this unique study is always frank and compelling while avoiding judgments and sensationalism. It should be of interest to anyone interested in the phenomena of surrogacy, from researchers to prospective surrogate mothers and commissioning couples. Highly recommended. [For another look at this subject, see Ruth Macklin's Surrogates and Other Mothers, reviewed above.-Ed.]-Linda Cullum, Lake Superior State Univ. Lib., Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.--Linda Cullum, Lake Superior State Univ. Lib., Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
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About the Author
Helena Ragoné teaches anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the coeditor of Situated Lives: Gender and Culture in Everyday Life and Reproducing Reproduction: Kinship, Power, and Technological Innovation. She is currently writing Distant Kin, on gestational surrogacy and ovum donation.