In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

ix Acknowledgments First and foremost, this book would not have been possible without the generosity and kindness of those who invited me into their homes and lives in the course of this research. I have changed names and personal information to protect privacy, and I regret that I cannot express my thanks to everyone by name. I am grateful to the Indian women I met who were or wanted to become surrogate mothers and egg donors— thank you for telling me your stories and for transforming the way I see the world. I am especially thankful to the woman I call Antara. Antara welcomed me into her home, fed me delicious meals, and understood the importance of this research from the very start; without her I would never have met many of the surrogate mothers and egg donors whose stories grace this book. I also extend my gratitude to the intended parents and parents of children born through surrogacy in India. I am thankful they shared their time and experiences with me, amidst stressful stays in India and busy lives with small children. I also thank the doctors, lawyers, medical tourism agents and brokers, and U.S. Consulate General staff in Mumbai for taking time out from their busy schedules to assist me in my fieldwork. Although I studied Hindi before beginning fieldwork, I required the assistance of translators for my interviews with surrogates and egg donors (who spoke mainly Marathi and Hindi). Thus, I am greatly indebted to my research assistants, Prachi Bari, Kaveri Dadhich, Vasudha Mohanka, and Mrinmayee Ranade; they proved to be skilled translators as well as astute observers, and I am grateful for their insights and service. Prachi, who worked with me in the majority of interviews with surrogate mothers, deserves special thanks for her enthusiasm for this project, willingness to travel long distances, and tireless energy even amid long days of interviews. I thank Abby Rabinowitz and Kainaz Amaria for keeping me sane during fieldwork. I owe profound thanks to Abby, who was working on her own surrogacy project in India when we x | Acknowledgments met and who introduced me to several key participants in this research. Fieldwork in Mumbai would have been far less rich, interesting, and enjoyable without her. Thank you to the wonderful staff at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences who welcomed me as a visiting research scholar during my fieldwork in 2010. I am deeply grateful to Leith Mullings, Katherine Verdery, Murphy Halliburton, and Rayna Rapp for providing invaluable comments, advice , and support. Thank you also to fellow writing group members for your enthusiasm for this project and for always challenging me to think about this work in new ways: Ujju Aggarwal, Sophie Bjork-James, Maggie Dickinson, Harmony Goldberg, Andrea Morrell, and Karen G. Williams. So many people offered encouragement and support at key junctures along the way; crucially, they gave advice on research strategies when I needed it, commented on conference papers and chapter drafts, and were welcome interlocutors on all topics related to surrogacy and assisted reproduction in India: Aditya Bharadwaj, Risa Cromer, Bishakha Datta, Rebecca Haimowitz, Marcia Inhorn, Amar Jesani, David Kertzer, Martha Lincoln, Lakshmi Lingam, Anindita Majumdar, Purnima Mankekar, Lauren Jade Martin, Sarojini N., Vimla Nadkarni, Sharmila Rudrappa, Chayanika Shah, Molly Shanley, Nayantara Sheoran, Holly Donahue Singh, Vaishali Sinha, Sandhya Srinivasan, Elly Teman, and Cecilia Van Hollen. I must also thank colleagues at the 2011 and 2012 Tarrytown Meetings, as well as the 2014 International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Global Surrogacy at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Conversations at these meetings pushed me to think about the social and ethical implications of my research in critical ways; my sincerest thanks to Marcy Darnovsky at the Center for Genetics and Society for inviting me to attend these meetings and for her ongoing support of my work. Wholehearted thanks to my current colleagues at Fordham University, especially Orit Avishai, Hugo Benavides, Evelyn Bush, Ayala Fader, Jeanne Flavin, Christine Fountain, Allan Gilbert, Micki McGee, Aseel Sawalha, and Matthew Weinshenker, who offered generous camaraderie and advice on all things teaching and research related. I am lucky to have landed at such a welcoming place at the start of my career. Acknowledgments | xi Multiple institutions provided the financial support and time necessary for completing this book. They include the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin, research grants from the National Science Foundation and the WennerGren Foundation, writing fellowships from the...


Additional Information

Related ISBN
MARC Record
Launched on MUSE
Open Access
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.