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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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Virtual Communities and Markets

Virtual Communities and Markets

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Fertility Holidays

Amy Speier

NYU Press

This chapter follows North Americans who turn to the Internet where they learn of reproductive travel to the Czech Republic, and become diligent consumers. This chapter follows largely female patients as they enter virtual biosocial communities, where they join on-line gendered support groups and engage in bio-medical global citizenship. We encounter, with the North American patients, IVF brokers who are packaging fertility holidays that promise a stress-free IVF cycle in a relaxing European setting. The marketing of fertility holidays online speaks to North American hopes, both for a child that resembles them but also for a particular kind of healthcare.

Keywords:   virtual (biosocial) community, internet, neoliberal healthcare, moral responsibility, biological citizens, IVF broker, fertility holiday, tourist imagination, resemblance

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