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Our Bodies, Whose Property?$
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Anne Phillips

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150864

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150864.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Our Bodies, Whose Property?

Anne Phillips

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book considers what, if anything, is the difference between markets in sex or reproduction or human body parts and the other markets we commonly applaud. What—if anything—makes the body special? It argues that some things should not be for sale, and that it is not transparently obvious either why this is so or which these are. It considers not just markets and the body, but also the implications and consequences of thinking of the body as something that we own. It examines cases of body commodification, focusing on commercial surrogacy and markets in body parts. It also considers instances where thinking of the body as property has no obvious implications in terms of making it available for sale. This book addresses, therefore, two distinct though related questions. What, if anything, is wrong with thinking of oneself as the owner of one's body? What, if anything, is wrong with making our bodies available for rent or sale?

Keywords:   human body, markets, property, ownership, body commodification, surrogacy, body parts

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