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Sociological take on donor conception

In 2012, Reproduction on May 7, 2012 at 6:58 am

Just a quick Bank Holiday message: here’s an interesting video by Prof. Carol Smart of the Morgan Centre, Manchester Uni, on ‘Legal cases involving donor conception’ as part of the ESRC Relative Strangers project that Carol and Dr Petra Nordqvist are currently undertaking. Please note their amendment – under the media link – re the terminology of ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ parent in light of a recent Court of Appeal case, A v B and anor [2012] EWCA Civ 285, which you can read here.

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  1. It’s funny comparing the research project and the judgment –to me the weakness in the research project seems to be that they are interviewing parents and grandparents at one time point and I wonder what A, B and C would have seemed like if interviewed before the birth and after the court case. Recognising that human relationships are in constant flux I’m not sure what can be gained by gathering the demographic information and linking this to the type of narratives that couples tell… It would be fascinating to attend the first birthday party of donor conceived children.

  2. […] Last week I participated in a fascinating Interdisciplinary Dialogue event around ‘The genetic family in question’ at the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life at Manchester University, organised by Dr Petra Nordqvist. This was linked to her project with Prof. Carol Smart on ‘Relative Strangers’ (the subject of last week’s blog post). […]

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