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Susan Markens takes on one of the hottest issues on the fertility front - surrogate motherhood - in a book that illuminates the culture wars that have erupted over new reproductive technologies in the United States. In an innovative analysis of legislative responses to surrogacy in the bellwether states of New York and California, Markens explores how discourses about gender, family, race, genetics, rights, and choice have shaped policies aimed at this issue. She examines the views of key players, including legislators, women's organizations, religious groups, the media, and others. In a study that finds surprising ideological agreement among those with opposing views of surrogate motherhood, Markens challenges common assumptions about our responses to reproductive technologies and at the same time offers a fascinating picture of how reproductive politics shape social policy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520252042
ISBN-10: 0520252047
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 277
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Susan Markens

Susan Markens is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at City University of New York, Lehman College.