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Surrogate mother, the modest witness of new reproductive technology: Understanding technobiopower in the posthuman era

Title
Surrogate mother, the modest witness of new reproductive technology: Understanding technobiopower in the posthuman era
Authors
Kim, Ae-Ryung
Ewha Authors
김애령
SCOPUS Author ID
김애령scopus
Issue Date
2020
Journal Title
ASIAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES
ISSN
1225-9276JCR Link

2377-004XJCR Link
Citation
ASIAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 205 - 222
Keywords
Surrogate mothernew reproductive technologyassisted reproductive technology (ART)modest witnesstechnobiopowerDonna Haraway
Publisher
EWHA WOMANS UNIV PRESS
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS; KCI WOS
Document Type
Article
Abstract
This paper explores the complex topography of technobiopower in what has been referred to as the posthuman era, following the commercial surrogacy phenomenon. To do so, I refer to commercial surrogates as the "modest witness" of this situation, a term derived from Donna Haraway's conceptual toolbox. The modest witness starts from her situated position, and records and informs about what happens. By placing commercial surrogates in the position of modest witness, this paper attempts to visualize the complex and multi-layered network of technobiopower. In the posthuman era where technological possibility re-characterizes birth and death, commercial surrogates are concrete bodies as well as symbolic markers that are captured within the complex network of bio-capital, bio-power, reproductive rights and bio-labor. If discussions on the posthuman emphasize new technological possibilities, deconstruction of traditional systems and advancement into a new world, commercial surrogates- as the "modest witness" of this era- will then reveal and demonstrate the pain that must be endured for obtaining this opportunity and the dominance of technobiopower about which we are not conscious.
DOI
10.1080/12259276.2020.1777797
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