Worldwide, over 75 million people are involuntarily childless, a devastating experience for many with significant consequences for the social and psychological well-being of women in particular. Despite greater levels of infertility and strong cultural meanings attached to having children, little attention has been paid politically or academically to the needs of minority ethnic women and men. This groundbreaking volume is the first to highlight the ways in which diverse ethnic, cultural and religious identities impact upon understandings of technological solutions for infertility and associated treatment experiences within Western societies. It offers a corrective to the dominance of the narratives of hegemonic groups in infertility research.
The collection begins with a discussion of fertility prevalence and access to treatment for minorities in the West and considers some of the key methodological challenges for social research on ethnicity and infertility. Drawing on primary research from the US, the UK, Eire, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia, the book then turns the spotlight onto the ways in which minority status and cultural and religious mores might impact on the experience of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies. It argues that more equitable access to culturally competent assisted conception services should be an essential component of a transformatory politics of infertility.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Ethnicity, Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Part I: Researching Infertility, Ethnicity and Culture
1. Dominant Narratives and Excluded Voices: Research on Ethnic Differences in Access to Assisted Conception in More Developed Societies
2. Infertility and Culture: Explanations, Implications and Dilemmas
3. Making Sense of Ethnic Diversity, Difference and Disadvantage within the Context of Multicultural Societies
4. Representation of Ethnic Minorities in Research: Necessity, Opportunity and Adverse Effects
5. What Difference Does Our Difference Make in Researching Infertility?
Part II: Exploring Infertility, Ethnicity and Culture in National Contexts
6. Commonalities, Differences and Possibilities: Culture and Infertility in British South Asian Communities
7. 'Anything to Become a Mother': Migrant Turkish Women's Experiences of Involuntary Childlessness and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in London
8. Infertile Turkish and Moroccan Minority Groups in the Netherlands: Patients' Views on Problems within Infertility Care
9. Treating the Afflicted Body: Perceptions of Infertility and Ethnomedicine among Fertile Hmong Women in Australia
10. Experiences from a Constitutional State: Ireland's Problematic Embryo
11. Marginalized, Invisible and Unwanted: American Minority Struggles with Infertility and Assisted Conception