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The Social Construction of Surrogacy Research: An Anthropological Critique of the Psychosocial Scholarship on Surrogate Motherhood


Elly Teman


Penn CIGHT, University of Pennsylvania


Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 67, pp. 1104-1112, 2008

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This article presents a critical appraisal of the psychosocial empirical research on surrogate mothers, their motivations for entering into surrogacy agreements and the outcome of their participation. I apply a social constructionist approach toward analyzing the scholarship, arguing that the cultural assumption that ‘‘normal’’ women do not voluntarily become pregnant with the premeditated intention of relinquishing the child for money, together with the assumption that ‘‘normal’’ women ‘‘naturally’’ bond with the children they bear, frames much of this research. I argue that this scholarship reveals how Western assumptions about motherhood and family impact upon scientific research. In their attempt to research the anomalous phenomenon of surrogacy, these researchers respond to the cultural anxieties that the practice provokes by framing their research methodologies and questions in a manner that upholds essentialist gendered assumptions about the naturalness and normalness of motherhood and childbearing. This leads the researchers to overlook the intrinsic value of the women’s personal experiences and has implications for social policy.

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Keywords: Surrogate motherhood, Surrogacy, gestational surrogacy, surrogate mothers, Infertility, Reproduction, Gestational carriers, Gender

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Date posted: September 22, 2009 ; Last revised: December 16, 2009

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Teman, Elly, The Social Construction of Surrogacy Research: An Anthropological Critique of the Psychosocial Scholarship on Surrogate Motherhood. Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 67, pp. 1104-1112, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1476559

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Penn CIGHT, University of Pennsylvania ( email )
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
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