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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 5/2010

01-10-2010 | Book Review

Karin Lesnick-Oberstein: On Having an Own Child: Reproductive Technologies and the Cultural Construction of Childhood

Karnac Books, London, UK, 2008

Auteur: Ruth Wittersgreen

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 5/2010

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As reproductive technologies proliferate in our society, the implications of the use of such technologies demand to be explored. Lesnick-Oberstein most thoroughly examines the concept of an “own child,” dismantling the desire for such as it has been explained biologically, socially, culturally, and historically. The author attempts to tease out meaning, questioning previous assumptions about why people want children. In her analysis, she draws from a variety of texts that address fertility/infertility and reproduction. From a philosophical and psychoanalytic framework, Lesnick-Oberstein rigorously critiques the conclusions of earlier authors, highlighting many assumptions that have been seen as unquestionable, and invoking uncertainty and questioning about almost every imaginable concept related to reproduction. In the end, she concludes that there are no firm answers: the desire for an “own child” may not be innate and fixed, yet it is real to those who perceive it and will continue to drive reproductive technology. …
Metagegevens
Titel
Karin Lesnick-Oberstein: On Having an Own Child: Reproductive Technologies and the Cultural Construction of Childhood
Karnac Books, London, UK, 2008
Auteur
Ruth Wittersgreen
Publicatiedatum
01-10-2010
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 5/2010
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-009-9332-4

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