Cambridge University Press, 14/05/1998
EAN 9780521497831, ISBN10: 0521497833
Hardcover, 197 pages, 22.4 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Donor insemination or DI is the oldest and most widely practised form of assisted conception but, until now, it has been assessed largely from a medical perspective. This book brings together an international group of social scientists to discuss the social, cultural, political and practical dimensions to DI, relating it to the wider debates about fertility treatment and the place of assisted conception in contemporary society. The contributors consider the experience of DI from the viewpoint of all the various parties involved, including the recipients of the treatment, the sperm providers, the clinicians, the people conceived and policy-makers working in the area. The assumptions informing the practices around DI and the reactions to it are critically examined, with reference to developments worldwide, cross-national issues, the language of DI, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and identity.