Repro-Migration: Lessons from the Early Days of Cross-Border Migration Between Israel and Romania
What can the study of migration and reproduction together tell us about both conceptual arenas and sets of cultural practice? In this chapter, I juxtapose cross-border reproductive practices that occurred in 2002 with practices and imaginaries of border making, for the dual purposes of comparison and of deepening our knowledge of both theoretical ‘domains’ which I call ‘Repro-Migration’. The notion of going to ‘a country that is not mine’ for egg donation and having a baby ‘that is not mine’ are co-present in these stories. Thinking through the politics of race and borders, this chapter looks at how egg donation appeared in its early days in one of the places of earliest cross-border egg donation practice in order to help us reflect about its present day manifestations.
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