Susan Kahn has given us a first class example of how contemporary ethnography can illuminate the cultural dimensions of the brave new world of new reproductive technologies.
Susan Kahn has given us a first class example of how contemporary ethnography can illuminate the cultural dimensions of the brave new world of new reproductive technologies. Reproducing Jews offers a very different way of conceiving of the relationship between technological change and social life.
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the cultural forms and personal experiences that together constitute assisted conception. technologies of assisted conception. Her region is. England, but the cultures she must explore are both Euro-American and anthropological, for this book. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 contain the heart of Franklin’s book, the results of her in-depth interviews.
by Susan Martha Kahn.
In recent years, there has been an abundance of feminist scholarship in the field of Israel studies.
Body, Commodity, Text: Studies of Objectifying Practice. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000. viii, 227 pp. Ruti Kadish (a1). In recent years, there has been an abundance of feminist scholarship in the field of Israel studies. Notably, much of this scholarship has been in the form of articles. Dafna N. Izraeli, et al, in Sex, Gender, Politics: Women in Israel (Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1999) (Hebrew), provide a comprehensive bibliography in this regard, both for Hebrew and English publications.
Duke University Press, 2000. While written on a popular level, this is a revealing book on Israel's pronatalist policies. This is an important book that did not attract the attention that it deserved when it originally appeared - largely because it was put out by a university press which does not have distribution muscle.
These phenomena are not the result of unusually high rates of infertility in Israel but reflect the centrality of reproduction in Judaism and Jewish culture.
Bibliographic Citation. Rabbis and Reproduction: The Uses of New Reproductive Technologies Among Ultraorthodox Jews in Israel . Kahn, Susan Martha (2002). Related Items in Google Scholar.
In this ethnographic study of the new reproductive technologies in Israel, Susan Martha Kahn explores the cultural meanings and contemporary rabbinic responses to artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization, egg donation, and surrogacy. Kahn draws on fieldwork with unmarried Israeli women who are using state-subsidized artificial insemination to get pregnant and on participant-observation in Israeli fertility clinics. Through close readings of traditional Jewish texts and careful analysis of Israeli public discourse, she explains how the Israeli embrace of new reproductive technologies has made Jewish beliefs about kinship startlingly literal. Kahn also reveals how a wide range of contemporary Israelis are using new reproductive technologies to realize their reproductive futures, from ultraorthodox infertile married couples to secular unmarried women.
As the first scholarly account of assisted conception in Israel, this multisited ethnography will contribute to current anthropological debates on kinship studies. It will also interest those involved with Jewish studies.