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"The Medicalization Of" Nature" In The" Artificial Body": Surrogate Motherhood in Israel"

by Teman, Elly (2003)


In this article, I draw on anthropological and feminist scholarship on the body and the nature/culture divide as a framework for understanding the place of surrogate mothers in a conceptual ideology that connects motherhood with nature. I explore links between the medicalization of childbirth in Israel and the personal agency of surrogate mothers as relayed through interviews. Taking the patriarchal context of the Israeli surrogacy law of 1996 into consideration, I underscore surrogates' imaginative use of medical metaphors as …


Medical Anthropology, Maternal Work, Mothering, Surrogacy, Nature, Israel, Reproduction, Reproductive Labour, Kinship, Medicalisation, Antropology, Sociology, Agency, Medicine, Empirical Study, Ethnography, Agency, Self, Identity



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