Operationalizing the Body Map

Elly Teman

in Birthing a Mother

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780520259638
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945852 | DOI:
Operationalizing the Body Map

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This chapter explores how the body map aids surrogates in their attempts to distance themselves from the fetus and protect themselves from being “suffocated” by the contracting couple. The operationalization of this “mapping” serves as a crucial tool in helping the surrogate manage within the limiting structure of the surrogacy contract. The body map enables surrogates not only to endure what could otherwise be an extremely subjugating experience but also to manifest personal agency in constrained circumstances.

Keywords: surrogates; surrogacy; fetus; distancing; mapping; personal agency

Chapter.  13085 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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