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Type: Thesis
Title: Regulating the biological family : policy, genetics, discourse, and diminishing ’other’ bodies.
Author: Donaghey, Bronwyn
Issue Date: 2006
School/Discipline: School of History and Politics : Politics
Abstract: This thesis identifies and elaborates on the way in which notions of genetic inheritance connect with notions of ’proper’ families and hence shape policies concerning reproduction and family formation. Assumptions about the structure and shape of the ’proper’ or ’traditional’ family - as a heterosexual two-parent unit with biological children - and its claim to naturalness, are embedded in policies related to reproductive technologies and family formation. The thesis explores the discourses surrounding the following specific policies - surrogacy, IVF, adoption, abortion, child support and posthumous reproduction - to elucidate the frameworks of meaning within which we understand these issues.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Adelaide, School of History and Politics, 2006
Keywords: families government policy Australia; surrogate motherhood law and legislation Australia; fertilization in vitro, human law and legislation Australia; adoption law and legislation Australia.
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