This ground-breaking book challenges us to re-think ourselves as techno-sapiens--a new species we are creating as we continually co-evolve ourselves with our technologies. While some of its chapters are imaginary, they are all empirically grounded in ethnography and richly theorized from diverse disciplines.
The authors go far beyond a techno-optimism vs. techno-pessimism stance, stretching our thinking about birthing techno-sapiens to consider not only how our cyborgian reproductive lives are constrained and/or enabled by technology but are also about emotions and spirit. The world of reproductive health care and particularly that of genetic engineering is developing exponentially, and current challenges are vastly different from those of a decade ago. The book is provocative, intended to generate debate, ideas, and future research and to influence ethical policy and practice in human techno-reproduction. It will be of interest across the social sciences and humanities, for reproductive scholars, bioethicists, techno-scientists, and those involved in the development and delivery of maternity services.
About the Author:
Robbie Davis-Floyd, Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rice University, is author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (2003) and Ways of Knowing about Birth: Mothers, Midwives, Medicine, and Birth Activism (2018). She has served as lead editor for 15 volumes, including Cyborg Babies: From Techo-Sex to Techno-Tots (1998) and Birth in Eight Cultures (2019).