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Surrogacy relationships: A critical interpretative review
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. (Historiska studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7764-6326
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8263-5530
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3190-100X
2020 (English)In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967Article, review/survey (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Based on a critical interpretative review of existing qualitative research investigating accounts of ‘lived experience’ of surrogates and intended parents from a relational perspective, this article proposes a typology of surrogacy arrangements. The review is based on the analysis of 39 articles, which belong to a range of different disciplines (mostly sociology, social psychology, anthropology, ethnology, and gender studies). The number of interviews in each study range from as few as seven to over one hundred. Countries covered include Australia, Canada, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Sweden, UK, Ukraine, and the USA. Most studies focus only on surrogacy practices in one country (although often with intended parents from other countries), and some include several countries (e.g. interviewees from several countries or fieldwork in different field-sites). The proposed typology goes beyond the division between altruistic versus commercial, and traditional versus gestational surrogacy, in order to inform further research and to contribute to bioethical and policy debates on surrogacy in a transnational context. Four types of relations are identifiable: open, restricted, structured, and enmeshed. The criteria which influence these relationships are: the frequency and character of contact pre- and post-birth; expectations of both parties; the type of exchange involved in surrogacy arrangements; and cultural, legal, and economic contexts. The theoretical contribution of the article is to further the development of a relational justice approach to surrogacy.

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Taylor & Francis, 2020.
Keywords [en]
Assisted reproduction, critical interpretative review, ethnography, qualitative interviews, qualitative methods, relational ethics, reproductive justice, surrogacy, surrogate motherhood
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Ethnology Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
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Historical Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40244DOI: 10.1080/03009734.2020.1725935ISI: 000514788000001PubMedID: 32070166Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85079707670OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40244DiVA, id: diva2:1394499
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Reproducing (In)Justice: Towards a theory of relational reproductive justice of surrogacy in Baltic, Central and Eastern Europé, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 16/2017Available from: 2020-02-19 Created: 2020-02-19 Last updated: 2020-03-05Bibliographically approved

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