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144-145 | 2016
Parentés contemporaines

Couverture JDA 144-145
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317 pages

Recent legal, political, medico-technical as well as affective changes in the determination of what constitutes a family appear to be the signs of a radical paradigm shift in the approach to parenthood. Assisted reproductive technologies (ART), surrogacy, access to marriage and possibly to adoption for same-sex couples, or else genetic recognition of paternity are presented as unprecedented phenomena specifically because they make use of advanced technologies. These innovations are primarily perceived as the source of major breaks since they crystallize concerns and provoke virulent debates. This issue draws on studies in various countries to place these controversial current events in a comparative perspective. Are the determinant factors of parenthood indeed a singular, contemporary phenomenon? And if so, how and by which approaches can anthropological study investigate and inform on this question?

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