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Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Third Phase: Global Encounters and Emerging Moral Worlds

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Volume 31

Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives

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Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Third Phase

Global Encounters and Emerging Moral Worlds

Edited by Kate Hampshire and Bob Simpson

284 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-807-4 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (September 2015)

eISBN 978-1-78238-808-1 eBook

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“This is a stimulating and accessible book for those with an interest in reproductive health, ethnicity, and health, or the social implications of new technologies. Its strength lies in the diverse, empathetic case studies of ART use in different regions and among a variety of groups. These case studies provide a balance of in-depth ethnographic studies and sensitive appraisals of the workings of health systems for diverse communities, with a broader vision of a future in which high-quality, culturally competent care is available for all and low-cost ART protocols allow access for people in low-resource settings to receive effective treatment for their infertility.” • Medical Anthropology Quarterly

“...a fascinating read... The complex intersections between gender, kinship, region, nationality, ethnicity, and religion — as well as the vicissitudes of individual agency — are very clearly demonstrated in this volume. For this alone it will be welcomed as a substantial accomplishment.” • Sarah Franklin, Cambridge University


Following the birth of the first “test-tube baby” in 1978, Assisted Reproductive Technologies became available to a small number of people in high-income countries able to afford the cost of private treatment, a period seen as the “First Phase” of ARTs. In the “Second Phase,” these treatments became increasingly available to cosmopolitan global elites. Today, this picture is changing — albeit slowly and unevenly — as ARTs are becoming more widely available. While, for many, accessing infertility treatments remains a dream, these are beginning to be viewed as a standard part of reproductive healthcare and family planning. This volume highlights this “Third Phase” — the opening up of ARTs to new constituencies in terms of ethnicity, geography, education, and class.

Kate Hampshire is Reader in Anthropology at Durham University. She recently co-edited (with Gina Porter and Janet Townsend) Children and Young People as Knowledge Producers (Routledge, 2014).

Bob Simpson is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University. He is the author of Changing Families: An Ethnographic Approach to Divorce and Separation (Berg, 1998).

Subject: Medical Anthropology


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