Materials for class

23 March 2017: Buying and Selling Organs: Issues of Commodification, Exploitation and Human Dignity

Andorno2017_Buying and selling organs



2 March 2017: What is special about the commodification of bodies? 

1. Ted Talk: What money can’t buy

2. Text discussion: Phillips, Anne (2013): Our bodies, whose property?
Phillips2013_Our bodies whose property, Chapter 1

3. Reading in groups: Phillips, Anne (2013): Our bodies, whose property?

Groups Surrogacy: Chapter 3 Bodies for rent? The case of commercial surrogacy

Groups Organ: Chapter 4 Spare parts and desperate needs

Developing ideas: Reading into your topic (* key texts)

Organ donation in the Global South

Cohen2005_operability_organ trade in India

DelmonicoScheperHuges2003_Why we should not pay for human organs

KieransCooper2011_Organ donation, genetics, race and culture: The making of a medical problem

ScheperHuges2001_Commodity fetishism in organ trafficking

ScheperHughes2004_Parts unknown: Undercover ethnography of the organs-trafficking underworld

*ScheperHughes2007_The Tyranny of the Gift: Sacrificial Violence in Living Donor Transplants

Organ trade in the Global North 

Davies2006_Patterning the geographies of organ transplantation

Gunnarson2012_The Body as Gift, Resource, and Commodity


KieransCooper2013_The emergence of the ‘ethnic donor’: the cultural production and relocation of organ donation in the UK


Surrogacy in India 











Surrogacy in Mexico 

Ehrensperger2015_Bezahlen für den Erfolgsfall Leben

Schurr2016_Surrogacy in Mexico

SchurrPerler2016_Trafficked into a better future

Surrogacy in Thailand 

Whittaker2014_Merit and Money. Surrogacy in Thailand

Surrogacy in the US

*Berend2010_Romance of surrogacy in USA

Jacobson, Heather. 2016. Labor of love: Gestational surrogacy and the work of making babies. Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick.