Amrita PandeWombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India

Columbia University Press, 2014

by Ian Cook on November 4, 2014

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[Cross-posted from New Books in South Asian StudiesAmrita Pande‘s Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India (Columbia University Press 2014) is a beautiful and rich ethnography of a surrogacy clinic. The book details the surrogacy process from start to finish, exploring the intersection of production and reproduction, complicating and deepening our understanding of this particular form of labour.

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