When Reproduction meets Ageing

The Science and Medicine of the Fertility Decline

Since the 1970s, alarming discourses about declining fertility and the difficulties of balancing work and family have flourished in Western countries. Captured by the notion of the 'biological clock', they put women's reproductive age and the fertility decline to the centre of public and medical attention. Les mer
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Since the 1970s, alarming discourses about declining fertility and the difficulties of balancing work and family have flourished in Western countries. Captured by the notion of the 'biological clock', they put women's reproductive age and the fertility decline to the centre of public and medical attention. Reproductive biomedicine constitutes a specific domain invested with hopes for technological and medical answers and a new market for fertility extension technologies, such as egg donation and social egg freezing.


Addressing long-standing questions about the articulation of the biological and the social in the making of bodies and identities, this book questions the nature of reproductive ageing, a taken for granted 'fact of life' at the core of reproductive biomedicine. What is the biology of the 'biological clock' made of and how can we account for its embodied reality from a feminist perspective? Opening the black box of the biological, the book makes a way between essentialism and constructivism with the aim of accounting for its materiality, while also illuminating its political implications. By following the ontological choreographies of age-related infertility in the science and medicine of reproduction, this study explores how age materializes and documents what happens when reproduction meets ageing. Deeply transdisciplinary, it questions what is fixed about the biology of the fertility decline in a way which adds complexity to debates about the biomedicalization of reproductive ageing.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Introduction: A Question of Age Chapter 1. Natures and Cultures: Divisions, Entanglements and Reconfigurations
Chapter 2. The Science of Population and The Quest for Natural Fertility: What Age Becomes in Statistics
Chapter 3. From Age to Ageing: Arts and The Science of 'Old Eggs'
Chapter 4. When Age Matters: The Statistics and Biology of Fertility Decline in Clinical Choreographies
Chapter 5. Ageing Eggs, Ageless Mothers? Egg Donation and The Extension of Fertility
Chapter 6. Eggs for Ever or The Prospect of Regeneration
Conclusion: Rethinking The Materialisation of Age Through the Lens of Its Political Implications

Om forfatteren

Nolwenn Buhler is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. She is also a Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Her research focuses on the social study of science, biomedicine, health, and gender studies.