Selective Reproduction in the 21st Century

  • Ayo Wahlberg
  • Tine M. Gammeltoft

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ayo Wahlberg, Tine M. Gammeltoft
    Pages 1-24
  3. Sex Selection

  4. Preventing Disease and Disability

  5. Selecting Traits

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-198

About this book


This book explores how conditions for childbearing are changing in the 21st century under the impact of new biomedical technologies. Selective reproductive technologies (SRTs) - technologies that aim to prevent or promote the birth of particular kinds of children – are increasingly widespread across the globe. Wahlberg and Gammeltoft bring together a collection of essays providing unique ethnographic insights on how SRTs are made available within different cultural, socio-economic and regulatory settings and how people perceive and make use of these new possibilities as they envision and try to form their future lives. Topics covered include sex-selective abortions, termination of pregnancies following detection of fetal anomalies during prenatal screening, the development of preimplantation genetic diagnosis techniques as well as the screening of potential gamete donors by egg agencies and sperm banks. This is invaluable reading for scholars of medical anthropology, medical sociology and science and technology studies, as well as for the fields of gender studies, reproductive health and genetic disease research.


reproductive technologies medical anthropology medical sociology reproductive health abortion preimplantation genetic diagnosis

Editors and affiliations

  • Ayo Wahlberg
    • 1
  • Tine M. Gammeltoft
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-58219-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-58220-7
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