Making India the "mother destination": Outsourcing labor to Indian surrogates

  • Rudrappa S
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Abstract

This chapter examines the emergence of India as a site for surrogacy,\r
which has led intended parents from all over the world to contract with\r
Indian gestational surrogates to carry ‘‘their’’ babies for them. Through\r
participant observation in a surrogacy workshop, interviews with American\r
intended parents, and interviews with Indian surrogates, I show how\r
ideologies of normative, nuclear families built around genetically similar\r
children, drives American consumers’ desires to seek fertility intervention,\r
and, finally, surrogacy. In India, gender ideologies shape the contours of\r
an inexpensive, compliant labor force of surrogate mothers.

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  • Sharmila Rudrappa

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