This book is the first to bring together an interdisciplinary collection of essays on surrogacy and egg donation from three socially, legally and culturally distinct countries - India, Israel and Germany. It presents contributions from experts in the field of social and cultural sciences, bioethics, law as well as psychology and provides critical-reflective comparative analysis of the socio-ethical factors shaping surrogacy and egg donation practices across these three countries. This book highlights the importance of a comparative perspective to 'make sense' of controversies and transitions in this highly contested area of artificial reproductive technologies. It demonstrates how local developments cannot be isolated from global events and vice versa. Therefore, this volume can be used as a standard reference for anyone seeking to understand surrogacy and egg donation from a macro-perspective in the next decade.
Sayani Mitra has recently completed her PhD in Social Sciences from University of Goettingen, Germany. Her research interest lies in the field of assisted reproductive technologies, risk studies, political economies, globalization and health care systems, health-care policy. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and is currently working on a monographic book on risks and failures during commercial surrogacy in India. At present, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the University Medical Center Goettingen working on a project on organised patients' participation in healthcare.
Silke Schicktanz is a professor of Cultural and Ethical studies of Biomedicine at the University Medical Center for Gottingen. She studies and teaches in the interdisciplinary field of bioethics and cultural studies of medicine. Her research focuses on cross-cultural bioethics, lay-expert-interaction, and concepts of responsibility and autonomy in various field of modern medicine (dementia, transplantation, genetics etc.). She has authored several peer-reviewed articles, more than 10 volumes and books in these fields.
Tulsi Patel is Professor of Sociology and teaches at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Her research interests include gender and society, anthropology of reproduction and childbirth, medical sociology, kinship and family, and old age. She has published several articles in national and international journals.