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Making a Good LifeAn Ethnography of Nature, Ethics, and Reproduction$
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Katharine Dow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691167480

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691167480.001.0001

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A Stable Environment

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Making a Good Life

Katharine Dow

Princeton University Press

This chapter concludes that the book has explored what the people of Spey Bay think about the ethics of reproduction and assisted reproductive technologies in order to elucidate what reproductive ethics is, not only in the sense of what people judge to be good but also in terms of what counts as belonging to the domain of ethics. In Spey Bay, the key values people associated with “good” reproduction and parenthood were responsibility, care, and altruism and one way they expressed this was in the hope that people—and not necessarily only the infertile or single-sex couples—would consider adoption or fostering before turning to assisted conception. In this ethnography, the book has also introduced the concept of ethical labor to describe some of the characteristics of the everyday work that goes into making a good life in Spey Bay. It has examined what the people thought about surrogacy, maternal bonding, and environmentalism.

Keywords:   reproduction, assisted reproductive technologies, reproductive ethics, Spey Bay, parenthood, ethnography, ethical labor, surrogacy, maternal bonding, environmentalism

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