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A Feminist Political Economy Analysis of Medical Broker and Fertility Clinic Websites

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dc.contributor.advisor Armstrong, Pat
dc.creator Dowedoff, Penny Melissa
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-21T13:44:19Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-21T13:44:19Z
dc.date.copyright 2018-07-04
dc.date.issued 2018-11-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35503
dc.description.abstract This dissertation studies the ways in which market-based reproductive health services are advertised and virtually represented on a global scale. I detail the implicit values and assumptions found in the content of reproductive tourism websites. In doing so, I show how medical broker and fertility clinic websites reproduce dominant ideologies and how these websites portray reproductive tourists, egg providers and surrogates. Using a feminist political economy approach, I situate the practice of reproductive tourism within particular historical, economic and political contexts, including both domestic and global neoliberal healthcare reforms. The findings of this thesis reveal that the websites portray neoliberal policies that emphasize consumerism, individual responsibility for ones healthcare and that position reproductive tourists as empowered consumers capable of making informed choices in purchasing new reproductive technologies (NRTs). The marketing of reproductive tourism on these websites also ignore the physical and affective labour of women who are egg providers and surrogates and minimizes the unequal power relationships that exist between reproductive tourists and egg providers and surrogates. Their experiences are erased from view and their bodies objectified and fragmented for market consumption.
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject Sociology
dc.title A Feminist Political Economy Analysis of Medical Broker and Fertility Clinic Websites
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.degree.discipline Sociology
dc.degree.name PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
dc.degree.level Doctoral
dc.date.updated 2018-11-21T13:44:19Z
dc.subject.keywords Feminist political economy
dc.subject.keywords Reproductive tourism
dc.subject.keywords Websites
dc.subject.keywords Qualitative research
dc.subject.keywords Healthcare
dc.subject.keywords Discourse analysis

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