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The surrogacy question, unresolved: Surrogacy policy debate as a hegemonic struggle over rights
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. (Historiska studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7764-6326
Independent research assistant, Stockholm, Sweden.
2023 (English)In: Critical Policy Studies, ISSN 1946-0171, E-ISSN 1946-018X, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 372-389Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden is often described as a ‘moderate’ country when it comes to legislation and policy on assisted reproductive technologies, being relatively permissive with regards to their use, but only permitting them within a strictly regulated framework. The ‘surrogacy question’, however, remains a polarized issue in media debates and has become a key topic of public negotiation and contestation around the meaning of a range of rights. This article investigates how surrogacy became a topic for policy debate in Swedish opinion journalism between 2009 and 2019. Drawing on discourse theory, the article investigates which, and ‘whose’, rights are mobilized in the debate, as well as how these rights are differently articulated and ‘filled with meaning’. It argues that polarized discourse coalitions are formed across the political spectrum, and that the absence of explicit legislation on surrogacy has led to a pragmatic ‘split policy’ which keeps both opponents and proponents unsatisfied, keeping the debate alive.

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Taylor & Francis, 2023. Vol. 17, no 3, p. 372-389
Keywords [en]
surrogacy, assisted reproductive technologies, Sweden, policy debate, hegemony
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Ethnology Cultural Studies Media Studies Gender Studies
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Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49682DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2022.2105736ISI: 000840573600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85135827734OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-49682DiVA, id: diva2:1686629
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Reproducing (In)Justice: Towards a theory of relational reproductive justice of surrogacy in Baltic, Central and Eastern Europe, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 16/2017Available from: 2022-08-10 Created: 2022-08-10 Last updated: 2023-11-24Bibliographically approved

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