Ectogenesis and Mother as Machine

  title={Ectogenesis and Mother as Machine},
  author={I. Aristarkhova},
  journal={Body & Society},
  pages={43 - 59}
  • I. Aristarkhova
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Body & Society
  • This article addresses the oft-neglected nexus between the mother and the machine, specifically in relation to the notion of ectogenesis (that is, conception, gestation and birth outside the maternal body). After a discussion of the technologies and the discourses of ectogenesis as symptomatic of what I call an ectogenetic desire, I move on to critically consider the work of Smith-Windsor on her own maternal experience with an incubator. This is followed by an evaluation of feminist writings on… CONTINUE READING


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