The Global Traffic in Human Organs1

  title={The Global Traffic in Human Organs1},
  author={Nancy Scheper‐Hughes},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={191 - 224}
Inspired by Sweetness and Power, in which Sidney Mintz traces the colonial and mercantilist routes of enslaving tastes and artificial needs, this paper maps a late‐20th‐century global trade in bodies, body parts, desires, and invented scarcities. Organ transplant takes place today in a transnational space with surgeons, patients, organ donors, recipients, brokers, and intermediaries—some with criminal connections—following new paths of capital and technology in the global economy. The stakes… 

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