Caste and the stratification of reproductive labour
Dalit feminist voices from the field
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This chapter is based on a unique and new set of data, which explores tensions within Indian feminist discourses on reproductive technologies, rights and justice. It builds on in depth interviews with Dalit feminists on reproductive technologies, in particular, commercial surrogacy and egg donation, to argue that these voices challenge hegemonic discourses of reproductive technologies through an insistence on the wider socio-economic context of women’s lives. Inspired by African American feminists and the Sister Song collective, the chapter conceptualise these conflicting perspectives as reproductive rights versus reproductive justice and points to the complex dynamics between caste, class, patriarchy and neo-liberalism in the contemporary Indian setting.

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