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Good QualityThe Routinization of Sperm Banking in China$
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Ayo Wahlberg

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297777

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297777.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Sperm Crisis

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(p.1) Introduction
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Ayo Wahlberg

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297777.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   family planning, infertility, sperm banking, China, routinization, assemblage ethnography

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