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Emerging Sexual and Reproductive Technologies in the Middle East and North Africa

L. L. Wynn, Angel M. Foster

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From Viagra to in vitro fertilization, new technologies are rapidly changing the global face of reproductive health. They are far from neutral: religious, cultural, social, and legal contexts condition their global transfer. The way a society interprets and adopts (or rejects) a new technology reveals a great deal about the relationship between bodies and the body politic. Reproductive health technologies are often particularly controversial because of their potential to reconfigure kinship relationships, sexual mores, gender roles, and the way life is conceptualized. This collection of original ethnographic research spans the region from Morocco and Tunisia to Israel and Iran and covers a wide range of technologies, including emergency contraception, medication abortion, gamete donation, hymenoplasty, erectile dysfunction, and gender transformation.


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L. L. Wynn:
L. L. Wynn, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, is the author of Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies, Urban Legends about a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers.


Angel M. Foster holds an endowed chair of women's health research at the University of Ottawa. She is a cofounder of Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants.

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