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Transnational ReproductionRace, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India$
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Daisy Deomampo

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479804214

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479804214.001.0001

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Making Kinship, Othering Women

Making Kinship, Othering Women

(p.59) 2 Making Kinship, Othering Women
Transnational Reproduction

Daisy Deomampo

NYU Press

Chapter 2 examines how commissioning parents create and make sense of their relations with surrogates, egg donors, and the children born through surrogacy. This chapter asks: How do intended parents narrate their family’s origin stories? Within these narratives, what kinds of racial ideologies do they rely on? The chapter argues that commissioning parents construct boundaries that position the surrogate as racially Other to themselves and their families, in ways that allow them to focus on Indian women alternately as objects of rescue or as shrewd actors involved in economic transactions. The chapter shows how these narratives serve to naturalize inequities between commissioning parents and surrogates in order to justify their participation in unequal economic arrangements.

Keywords:   egg donors, surrogacy, racial ideologies, economic transactions, commissioning parents

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