On (global) care chains in times of crisis: egg donation and domestic work in Spain

  • The Spanish reproductive bioeconomy has bloomed in the last few decades. There are now over three hundred fertility clinics in Spain, which has become one of the main destinations for what is often called “reproductive tourism” in the European context. The phenomenon of assisted reproduction has been extensively studied within English-speaking countries of the global North, but not so much in the cluster of Spanish-speaking countries, with a few interesting exceptions. Following the invitation to collaborate in this special issue around reproduction in Latin America and Spain, we offer an analysis of how Spanish oocyte provision and domestic work function as part of global care chains (GCC). We will compare the results of two major projects: one focusing on domestic work and the other on egg donation programs, both in Spain. We will introduce different perspectives around care and GCC, discussing how transference of oocytes can be viewed as a type of feminized labor involving affective-care work, clinical work, and biological work. The framework of GCC, a concept used to unpack unjust power relations embedded in transferences of care in current neoliberal and globalized socio-economic arrangements, can help to enable a conversation on how transferences of reproductive capacity might be reinforcing the stratification of reproduction.
Author:Sara Lafuente-Funes, Amaia Pérez Orozco
Parent Title (English):Tapuya : Latin American science, technology and society
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/10/07
Date of first Publication:2020/10/07
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/03/01
Tag:Spanish reproductive bioeconomy; assisted reproductive technologies-ARTs; eggs-öocytes; global care chains; transference of reproductive capacity-TRCs
Page Number:23
First Page:354
Last Page:376
This paper draws on interviews acquired through two different research projects. Amaia Pérez Orozco was part of the project “Building Networks: Latin-American Women in Global Care Chains” developed in the United Nations Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) with funding from AECID. The second project is Sara Lafuente-Funes' PhD Thesis “Reproductive bioeconomies: On how eggs matter within after-IVF Biology” funded by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad of the Spanish Government, grant number BES-2012-054867 and part of the BIOARREME project, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (CSO2011-26019).
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0