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Med Anthropol. 2018 Feb-Mar;37(2):158-173. doi: 10.1080/01459740.2017.1361947. Epub 2017 Sep 22.

On Reproductive Work in Spain: Transnational Adoption, Egg Donation, Surrogacy.

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1
a Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Autonomous University of Barcelona , Bellaterra , Spain.
2
b Department of Social Psychology , Autonomous University of Barcelona , Bellaterra , Spain.
3
c Psychological Unit, Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad , Barcelona , Spain.

Abstract

Spain's plummeting fertility since the late twentieth century may seem to reflect a waning desire for children. Nevertheless, reproductive disappointments resulting from gender inequalities cause many Spanish women to postpone motherhood and experience age-related fertility problems. For them, creating a family often becomes possible only through the reproductive labor of other women. Our analysis of transnational adoption, egg donation, and surrogacy in Spain shows how anonymity and altruism play out in these three strategies, with implications for the valuation of women's reproductive work and relationships among reproductive providers, intermediaries, recipients, and the resulting children.

KEYWORDS:

España; Spain; adopción transnacional; altruism; altruismo; egg donation; gestación subrogada; ovodonación; reproductive work; surrogacy; trabajo reproductivo; transnational adoption

PMID:
28768116
DOI:
10.1080/01459740.2017.1361947
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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