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Discounted LifeThe Price of Global Surrogacy in India$
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Sharmila Rudrappa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479874521

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479874521.001.0001

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Locating Surrogacy in Child Sharing and Wage Labor

Locating Surrogacy in Child Sharing and Wage Labor

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Discounted Life

Sharmila Rudrappa

NYU Press

This chapter demonstrates how the story of god Krishna—who was not raised by his mother, but by her close friend Yashoda—relates to the “child sharing” testimonies of surrogate mothers. For instance, Suma sent her second-born son to be raised by her sister who was childless. Similarly, Indirani's oldest brother was also childless; thus, their poorer cousin had sent his child to Indirani's brother to be raised as his own. These sorts of child sharing were a form of gift giving among adults within extended families. Parents temporarily transferred parental rights to supportive or needy kith and kin to deal with the challenges of raising large families in difficult circumstances, or to assuage the pain of infertility among loved ones.

Keywords:   Krishna, Yashoda, child sharing, parental rights, infertility, extended families

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