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Birthing a MotherThe Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self$
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Elly Teman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520259638

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520259638.001.0001

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Rites of Classification

Rites of Classification

(p.184) Chapter 6 Rites of Classification
Birthing a Mother

Elly Teman

University of California Press

This chapter looks at the return of state intervention in the immediate aftermath of the birth and at the rites of categorization undertaken by hospital staff during that period. The directed separation that occurs accords, for the most part, with the intended mother's desire to seal off her new identity from her surrogate and to incorporate it as her own. It is also revealed as a classifying strategy that upholds the expectations of the contractual basis of the arrangement; from this perspective, the surrogacy arrangement can be viewed in terms of the intended mother's consumption of the surrogate's services.

Keywords:   state intervention, surrogacy, surrogates, intended mothers

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