Relative Strangers: Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception (Palgrave MacMillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life) (Paperback)

Relative Strangers: Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception (Palgrave MacMillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life) By Petra Nordqvist, C. Smart Cover Image
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What does it mean to have a child born through donor conception? Does it mean different things for heterosexual parents and lesbian parents? What is it like for the 'non-genetic' parent? How do grandparents feel about having a grandchild who is conceived with the help of an egg, sperm or embryo donor? Since 1991 more than 35,000 children have been born in the UK as a result of donor conception. This means that more and more families are facing the issue of incorporating 'relative strangers' into their families.

In this path breaking book, the authors explore the lived reality of donor conception in families by using in-depth interviews with parents and grandparents of donor conceived children. With reproductive medical technologies becoming more accessible, assisted donor conception is raising new and important questions about family life. This book will provide compelling reading for all those interested in the family, kinship, gender and sexuality, new reproductive technologies, and genetics.

About the Author


Petra Nordqvist is Lecturer in Sociology in the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life at the University of Manchester, UK. Carol Smart is Professor of Sociology in the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life at the University of Manchester, UK. Her recent publications include Personal Life and Same Sex Marriages (with B. Heaphy and A. Einarsdottir).


Product Details
ISBN: 9781137297662
ISBN-10: 1137297662
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2014
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Palgrave MacMillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life