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Fertility HolidaysIVF Tourism and the Reproduction of Whiteness$
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Amy Speier

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479827664

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479827664.001.0001

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Fertility Holidays

Amy Speier

NYU Press

I introduce the general phenomenon of reproductive travel and survey the existing literature about this type of medical tourism. I apply feminist and globalization theories to this phenomenon as I claim these holidays are political economies of hope (Rose and Novas 2005). I sketch the primary actors of this global care chain: IVF brokers who promise lower middle class North Americans they can have blonde-haired, blue-eyed babies, a European vacation, and excellent health care at affordable prices as well as the North Americans who travel to the Czech Republic for IVF using egg donation. I end the first chapter with a brief discussion of my ethnographic methodology and a layout of the rest of the chapters of the book.

Keywords:   fertility tourism/journey, Czech Republic, IVF broker, egg donation, white, hope, neoliberal healthcare, North American reproductive traveller

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