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Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor

Kalindi Vora

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816693948
eISBN:
9781452950570
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693948.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

From call centers, overseas domestic labor, and customer care to human organ selling, gestational surrogacy, and knowledge work, such as software programming, life itself is channeled across the ... More


Technological Motherhood

Clara Pinto-Correia

in Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231170949
eISBN:
9780231544580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170949.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

We have invented new types of mothering and are just beginning to feel their effects on society. Surrogacy has a long history and as a means of employment, it has opened up many unquieting biological ... More


The Legislative Arena

Bruno Perreau and Deke Dusinberre

in The Politics of Adoption: Gender and the Making of French Citizenship

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262027229
eISBN:
9780262323383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027229.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

Chapter two covers French parliamentary debate since 1945, demonstrating the great consistency of issues despite sweeping institutional changes, whether they concern the situation of single mothers, ... More


Intimate Contracts

Anne C. Dailey

in Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780300188837
eISBN:
9780300190083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300188837.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

The prevailing model of contract law presumes that fully informed decision-makers exercise free and voluntary choices to further their conscious preferences and goals. The model makes sense in the ... More


Conclusion

John David Penniman

in Raised on Christian Milk: Food and the Formation of the Soul in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300222760
eISBN:
9780300228007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300222760.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This Conclusion explores how the imperative “to eat well” has been an undercurrent, a connecting thread, linking disparate arguments about food and formation within the figures and texts explored. ... More


Artificial Insemination: Deconstructing Choice versus Chance

Kelly Oliver

in Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251087
eISBN:
9780823253036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251087.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

I take up Derrida's metaphorical question, “Does one invent the child±” (from the mid-1980s). Given recent advancements in genetic engineering and cloning, this question takes on a more literal hue. ... More


Life Support: India’s Production of Vital Energy

Kalindi Vora

in Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816693948
eISBN:
9781452950570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693948.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Life Support argues that any analysis of biocapital must engage its roots in colonial labor allocation as a project of the racialization and gendering of labor. Sarah Franklin and Margaret Lock ... More


Limits of Labor: Affect and the Biological in Transnational Surrogacy and Service Work

Kalindi Vora

in Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816693948
eISBN:
9781452950570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693948.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

“Limits of Labor: Affect and the Biological in Transnational Surrogacy and Service Work” looks at how affective and biological labor such as that found in call center and surrogacy work are indices ... More


Call Center Agents: Commodified Affect and the Biocapital of Care

Kalindi Vora

in Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816693948
eISBN:
9781452950570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693948.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter uses ethnographic narratives and Arjun Raina’s dramatic monologue A Terrible Beauty is Born to look at how the technologies and training that create the call center agent as a subject of ... More


Information Technology Professionals: Innovation and Uncertain Futures

Kalindi Vora

in Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816693948
eISBN:
9781452950570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693948.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter uses original ethnography to examine how information technology as an industry depends upon a reterritorializing of imperial labor legacies despite the assumed globality and ... More


Transnational Gestational Surrogacy: Expectation and Exchange

Kalindi Vora

in Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816693948
eISBN:
9781452950570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693948.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter draws from original ethnographic research conducted in 2008 at a fertility clinic in Northern India to examine how Assisted Reproductive Technologies expand options for childless couples ... More


Body as ‘Resource’ in Surrogacy and Bio-Medical Research: New Frontiers and Dilemmas

Sarojini Nadimpally and Vrinda Marwah

in Equity and Access: Health Care Studies in India

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780199482160
eISBN:
9780199097746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199482160.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

Medical research on human bodies for the purpose of drug development, and the use of technology to assist human reproduction are not new phenomena. However, the marriage of medical technology with ... More


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