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Kin, Gene, Community Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli

Kin, Gene, Community

Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli

Published January 1st 2010
ISBN : 9781282662506
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380 pages
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Israel is the only country in the world that offers free fertility treatments to nearly any woman who requires medical assistance. It also has the worlds highest per capita usage of in-vitro fertilization. Examining state policies and theMoreIsrael is the only country in the world that offers free fertility treatments to nearly any woman who requires medical assistance. It also has the worlds highest per capita usage of in-vitro fertilization. Examining state policies and the application of reproductive technologies among Jewish Israelis, this volume explores the role of tradition and politics in the construction of families within local Jewish populations. The contributors--anthropologists, bioethicists, jurists, physicians and biologists--highlight the complexities surrounding these treatments and show how biological relatedness is being construed as a technology of power- how genetics is woven into the production of identities- how reproductive technologies enhance the policing of boundaries. Donor insemination, IVF and surrogacy, as well as abortion, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and human embryonic stem cell research, are explored within local and global contexts to convey an informed perspective on the wider Jewish Israeli environment.