Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 47–56 | Cite as

Imaging Bodies, Imagining Relations: Narratives of Queer Women and “Assisted Conception”

  • Jacquelyne Luce


This article is based on ethnographic research conducted between 1998 and 2000 in British Columbia, Canada. In this article Luce brings together the narratives of queer women she interviewed about their experiences of trying to become parents with her own stories about doing the research. Both sets of stories explore the ways in which relationships between people are reproduced and represented through images of sexuality, reproduction, queerness, parents, and families. Shifting between telling about the tensions she experienced while doing ethnographic fieldwork and retelling women's stories about how their relationships to partners, fetuses, babies, and donors were perceived, the article draws attention to both political and methodological questions.

queer lesbian reproductive technology ethnography motherhood 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacquelyne Luce
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Institute for Women's StudiesLancaster UniversityLancasterEngland

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