From crude and uneasy beginnings, sperm banking has become a routine part of China’s pervasive and restrictive reproductive complex within the space of thirty years, albeit hampered by what some commentators have described as a “sperm crisis.” In the introduction, routinization is defined as a socio-historical process through which habituated regimes of daily micro-practices coalesce, thereby shaping a medical technology and its uses. Assemblage ethnography is proposed as a necessary methodology to account for how routinized sperm banking has become possible in China and what style of sperm banking has emerged as a result.
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