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Fertile Connections: Thinking across Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Parenting Culture Studies

Faircloth, C; Gürtin, ZB; (2017) Fertile Connections: Thinking across Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Parenting Culture Studies. Sociology 10.1177/0038038517696219. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

While studies of ‘parenting culture’ and ‘assisted reproductive technologies’ are now well-established areas of social science scholarship, so far, the potential connections between the two fields have not been significantly explored. Responding to calls for a more ‘processual’ approach to studying reproduction in order to make clearer contributions to sociological theory more broadly, we begin a dialogue between these mutually relevant bodies of literature, highlighting connections and crosscutting findings. We focus on four interlinked themes – Reflexivity, Gender, Expertise and Stratification – and promote a more holistic approach to understanding how children are conceived and cared for within the current ‘Euro-American’ reproductive landscape. By way of conclusion, we draw attention to the contemporary context of ‘anxious reproduction’ and propose directions for future research.

Type: Article
Title: Fertile Connections: Thinking across Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Parenting Culture Studies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0038038517696219
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1177/0038038517696219
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2017. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Assisted reproduction, expertise, gender, parenting culture, stratification
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1572947
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