Double Issue 9.1-9.2 | Fall 2010/Spring 2011

Critical Conceptions: Technology, Justice, and the Global Reproductive Market

Contributors include Gwendolyn Beetham, Claudia Castañeda, The Center for Bioethics and Culture, Wendy Chavkin, Jeanne Flavin, Sarah Franklin, Ana María García, Faye Ginsburg, Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Rebecca Haimowitz, Anna Harrington, Judith Helfand, Sujatha Jesudason, Rebecca Jordan-Young, Jessaca Leinaweaver, Iris Lopez, Susan Markens, Carol Mason, Faith Pennick, Rayna Rapp, Catherine Sameh, Vaishali Sinha, Debora Spar, Kalindi Vora, Catherine Waldby, and Karen Winkler.

This issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online, edited by Rebecca Jordan-Young, brings together some of the most esteemed scholars whose works tie analyses of reproductive technologies to frameworks of reproductive justice. “Critical Conceptions: Technologies, Justice, and the Global Reproduction Market” considers what kinds of reproductive technologies are deployed by and for whom, and locates individual decisions and choices within a global political economy that aggressively reproduces relations of inequality based on race, class, gender, sexuality and physical ability.

As Jordan-Young states in her introduction to the issue, though, feminists have been visionaries as well as critics, long imagining how reproductive technologies might be used to portend a queerly-shaped future, where social justice guides biological and social reproduction, caring labors, familial formations and affective bonds. This future, certainly already in the making, requires us to acknowledge that our individual desires and commitments around reproduction are inextricably linked to those of others. In this recognition and in this important journal issue, we find the ethical feminist practices and analyses that can transform reproduction for the good of all.