Rites of Classification

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:
Rites of Classification

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This chapter looks at the return of state intervention in the immediate aftermath of the birth and at the rites of categorization undertaken by hospital staff during that period. The directed separation that occurs accords, for the most part, with the intended mother's desire to seal off her new identity from her surrogate and to incorporate it as her own. It is also revealed as a classifying strategy that upholds the expectations of the contractual basis of the arrangement; from this perspective, the surrogacy arrangement can be viewed in terms of the intended mother's consumption of the surrogate's services.

Keywords: state intervention; surrogacy; surrogates; intended mothers

Chapter.  8982 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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