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Our Bodies, Whose Property?

Anne Phillips


No one wants to be treated like an object, regarded as an item of property, or put up for sale. Yet many people frame personal autonomy in terms of self-ownership, representing themselves as property owners with the right to do as they wish with their bodies. Others do not use the language of property, but are similarly insistent on the rights of free individuals to decide for themselves whether to engage in commercial transactions for sex, reproduction, or organ sales. Drawing on analyses of rape, surrogacy, and markets in human organs, this book challenges notions of freedom based on ownersh ... More

Keywords: personal autonomy, self-ownership, sex, reproduction, human body parts, rape, surrogacy, freedom, body markets, human equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691150864
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Phillips, author
London School of Economics