Unit Eight: Surrogacy: Thinking about Ethnography and Bioethics

Hello! this is Niharika Pathak writing for Unit 8. Unit 8 included an article from Elly Teman, “The Social Construction of surrogacy research: An anthropological critique of the psychosocial scholarship on surrogate motherhood.” Social Science and Medicine and the film, MADE IN INDIA. The film explores the challenges of infertile women or women who have… Continue reading Unit Eight: Surrogacy: Thinking about Ethnography and Bioethics

Unit Seven: Religion and Unintended Pregnancy

By Maia Yang Hi everyone! I’m writing this blog on Tuesday’s readings. I think these readings are good examples of why ethnography is such a valuable method for studying bioethics. In his article Moral Experience and Ethical Reflection, Arthur Kleinman suggests that ethnography offers a way to position oneself at the liminal space between worlds… Continue reading Unit Seven: Religion and Unintended Pregnancy

Unit Six: Inventing Bioethics

Hello everyone! This is a blog post on the readings for Thursday’s class, on the topic ‘Inventing Bioethics’. Bioethics is the study of ethical issues that emerge from advances in biology and medicine. Examples of topics would be organ donation and transplantation, genetic research, and so on. Our first reading on this topic is three… Continue reading Unit Six: Inventing Bioethics

Unit Three: Kinship and Religious Law

Hi everyone! I’ve never written a Scholarblog before, so hopefully this actually posts! This Tuesday’s readings concern the implementation of reproductive technologies, like IVF and sperm donation, and the religious reception of said technologies. Our first reading is several chapters from Sue Kahn’s book Reproducing Jews: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception in Israel, and… Continue reading Unit Three: Kinship and Religious Law

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