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Fieldwork in Grey Zones : A case study on organ trafficking in the Philippines

Lundin, Susanne LU (2016) In Global Bodies in Grey Zones
Abstract
In this chapter I present a multi-sited fieldwork set in the Philippines that examines trade in organs from living individuals. The organ commerce generally involves organs harvested from living persons. Since humans have two kidneys and can survive with one, it is primarily kidneys that are transplanted, but also illegally traded. Here, my focus is solely on kidney transplantation. The ambition is to capture some fundamental features of what enables transplants in society's legal and moral outskirts, that is to follow the specific question, in Nordstrom͛s sense (2004:13) about what makes organ trade work as well as what social anthropologists Lawrence Cohen and Nancy Scheper... (More)
In this chapter I present a multi-sited fieldwork set in the Philippines that examines trade in organs from living individuals. The organ commerce generally involves organs harvested from living persons. Since humans have two kidneys and can survive with one, it is primarily kidneys that are transplanted, but also illegally traded. Here, my focus is solely on kidney transplantation. The ambition is to capture some fundamental features of what enables transplants in society's legal and moral outskirts, that is to follow the specific question, in Nordstrom͛s sense (2004:13) about what makes organ trade work as well as what social anthropologists Lawrence Cohen and Nancy Scheper Huges term the ͚Rotten Trade͛ (Cohen and Scheper-Hughes 2009). The method is primarily ethnography, making use of observations and interviews. (Less)
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  abstract     = {In this chapter I present a multi-sited fieldwork set in the Philippines that examines trade in organs  from  living  individuals.  The  organ  commerce  generally  involves  organs  harvested from living persons. Since humans have two kidneys and can survive with one, it is primarily kidneys  that  are  transplanted,  but  also  illegally  traded.  Here,  my  focus  is  solely  on  kidney transplantation.  The  ambition  is  to  capture  some  fundamental  features  of  what  enables transplants  in  society's  legal  and  moral  outskirts,  that  is  to  follow  the  specific  question,  in Nordstrom͛s  sense  (2004:13)  about  what  makes  organ  trade  work  as  well  as  what  social anthropologists Lawrence Cohen and Nancy Scheper Huges term the ͚Rotten  Trade͛ (Cohen and   Scheper-Hughes   2009). The   method   is   primarily   ethnography,   making   use   of observations  and  interviews.  },
  author       = {Lundin, Susanne},
  isbn         = {978-1-928357-19-3},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {09},
  publisher    = {Sun Press},
  series       = {Global Bodies in Grey Zones},
  title        = {Fieldwork in Grey Zones : A case study on organ trafficking in the Philippines},
  year         = {2016},
}