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Transnational Reproduction: Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India available now via nyu press

Transnational Reproduction traces the relationships among Western aspiring parents, Indian surrogates, and egg donors from around the world. In the early 2010s India was one of the top providers of surrogacy services in the world. Drawing on interviews with commissioning parents, surrogates, and egg donors as well as doctors and family members, Daisy Deomampo argues that while the surrogacy industry in India offers a clear example of “stratified reproduction”—the ways in which political, economic, and social forces structure the conditions under which women carry out physical and social reproductive labor—it also complicates that concept as the various actors in this reproductive work struggle to understand their relationships to one another.  

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View from Nadipur
Photo by Daisy Deomampo
Apartment complex in a Mumbai suburb, home to several surrogate mothers
Photo by Daisy Deomampo

About Daisy



Daisy Deomampo, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University. She is a cultural and medical anthropologist whose research interests lie at the intersection of science and technology studies, gender and health, and bioethics and social justice. Within and outside of academia, Deomampo has investigated issues related to gender and HIV/AIDS, violence against women, and the socio-cultural implications of assisted reproduction. 

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Building upon the classic feminist concept of stratified reproduction, Deomampo is the first to offer a powerful critique of the racialization inherent in transnational surrogacy practices. Combining detailed ethnography with critical medical anthropological perspectives, Transnational Reproduction is both hard-hitting and provocative, challenging the race, class, and gender inequities underlying India’s commercial gestational surrogacy scene.
— Marcia C. Inhorn, author of Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai