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Bodily Interventions and Intimate LabourUnderstanding Bioprecarity$
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Gabriele Griffin and Doris Leibetseder

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526138569

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526138576

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Bioprecarity and Pregnancy in Lesbian Kinship

Bioprecarity and Pregnancy in Lesbian Kinship

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(p.95) 5 Bioprecarity and Pregnancy in Lesbian Kinship
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Bodily Interventions and Intimate Labour
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Petra Nordqvist

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526138576.00012

Culturally speaking in the context of Euro-American societies, being related as kin is perceived as a self-evident, given and ‘fixed’ relationship. Reproduction lies at the heart of making such relationships; the birth of a biological child is conceptualised as the beginning of the next generation in a long line of generations going back through time. However, ‘making kin’ might be harder for some than for others. Based on original empirical data (cross-generational interviews), this chapter investigates how kin relationship comes into being in relationships between lesbian daughters and their parents in the context of childbirth through donor insemination. It looks specifically at the role of genes, biology and pregnancy in shaping and making kinship affinities in such family contexts. The paper highlights that the making of the next generation might, for some, be a precarious and uncertain pursuit, rather than a given, self-evident process.

Keywords:   making kin, lesbian kinship, cross-generational relations, reproduction, biological kin, social kin

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