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Reproduktion under diskussion - En idéanalys av surrogatmödraskapsdebatten i Sverige

Ahlsten, Tove LU (2013) STVM21 20131
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The aim of this master thesis is to examine the Swedish debate on surrogate motherhood between the years of 2008 and 2013. This form of assisted reproduction raises several ethical questions such as the potential risk of exploitation and commodification of women and children. Surrogate motherhood challenges our perception of human reproduction and the traditional concept of the family but it also concerns the right to self-determination and individual autonomy.
The theoretical framework draws on the principle of autonomy and communitarianism with the aim of confronting the relationship between individual autonomy and the common good in political decision-making. The theoretical framework also draws on intersectional feminist theory. The... (More)
The aim of this master thesis is to examine the Swedish debate on surrogate motherhood between the years of 2008 and 2013. This form of assisted reproduction raises several ethical questions such as the potential risk of exploitation and commodification of women and children. Surrogate motherhood challenges our perception of human reproduction and the traditional concept of the family but it also concerns the right to self-determination and individual autonomy.
The theoretical framework draws on the principle of autonomy and communitarianism with the aim of confronting the relationship between individual autonomy and the common good in political decision-making. The theoretical framework also draws on intersectional feminist theory. The thesis explores how arguments in the debate on surrogate motherhood relate to ideas about individual´s right to autonomy, collective social values and feminism.
The analysis shows that the debate is constructed around three characters: the surrogate, the child and the prospective parents. Communitarians argue that surrogacy is exploiting the human value and is an unethical method. Most liberals view commercial forms of surrogacy as unethical but advocate on the basis of autonomy and freedom of individuals, for allowing altruistic surrogacy. Using the notion of patriarchy and the gender system feminist stress that surrogacy is exploiting to women. (Less)
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author
Ahlsten, Tove LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM21 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Kommunitarism, liberalism, intersektionell feministisk teori, surrogatmödraskap, surrogatmoderskap, idèanalys
language
Swedish
id
3971463
date added to LUP
2013-09-02 09:22:22
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2013-09-02 09:22:22
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  abstract     = {The aim of this master thesis is to examine the Swedish debate on surrogate motherhood between the years of 2008 and 2013. This form of assisted reproduction raises several ethical questions such as the potential risk of exploitation and commodification of women and children. Surrogate motherhood challenges our perception of human reproduction and the traditional concept of the family but it also concerns the right to self-determination and individual autonomy.
	The theoretical framework draws on the principle of autonomy and communitarianism with the aim of confronting the relationship between individual autonomy and the common good in political decision-making. The theoretical framework also draws on intersectional feminist theory. The thesis explores how arguments in the debate on surrogate motherhood relate to ideas about individual´s right to autonomy, collective social values and feminism. 
	The analysis shows that the debate is constructed around three characters: the surrogate, the child and the prospective parents. Communitarians argue that surrogacy is exploiting the human value and is an unethical method. Most liberals view commercial forms of surrogacy as unethical but advocate on the basis of autonomy and freedom of individuals, for allowing altruistic surrogacy. Using the notion of patriarchy and the gender system feminist stress that surrogacy is exploiting to women.},
  author       = {Ahlsten, Tove},
  keyword      = {Kommunitarism,liberalism,intersektionell feministisk teori,surrogatmödraskap,surrogatmoderskap,idèanalys},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Reproduktion under diskussion - En idéanalys av surrogatmödraskapsdebatten i Sverige},
  year         = {2013},
}