Reproducing whiteness and enacting kin in the Nordic context of transnational egg donation : Matching donors with cross-border traveller recipients in Finland

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dc.contributor.author Homanen, Riikka Mari Petronella
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-06T22:47:23Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-17T22:02:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018-04
dc.identifier.citation Homanen , R M P 2018 , ' Reproducing whiteness and enacting kin in the Nordic context of transnational egg donation : Matching donors with cross-border traveller recipients in Finland ' , Social Science & Medicine , vol. 203 , no. April 2018 , pp. 28–34 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.03.012
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dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85043448700
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000430785900004
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-4630-9532/work/42819984
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/327596
dc.description.abstract The multimillion-euro fertility industry increasingly tailors its treatments to infertile people who are willing to travel across national borders for treatments inaccessible at home, especially reproductive tissue donor treatments. Finland is the Nordic destination for access to donor eggs, particularly for Swedes and Norwegians hoping for a donor match that will achieve a child of phenotypically plausible biological descent. Finns are seen as Nordic kin, and the inheritability of “Nordicness” is reinforced at clinics. Drawing on ethnographic material from three fertility clinics in Finland during 2015–2017, this article discusses how Nordic relatedness and whiteness are enacted in the practices of matching of donors with recipient parents. The analysis shows a selective and exclusionary rationale to matching built around whiteness: matches between donors with dark skin tone and recipients with fair skin tone are rejected, but a match of a donor with fair skin and recipients with dark skin may be made. Within the context of transnational egg donation, the whiteness or Nordicness of Finns is not questioned as it has been in other historical circumstances. Even the establishment of a state donor register offers a guarantee of kin-ness, especially non-Russian kin-ness. It is concluded that the logics of matching protect the “purity” of whiteness but not browness or blackness, enacting Nordic(kin)ness in ways that are part of broader intra-European histories of racism and post-socialist Othering. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject 3141 Health care science
dc.title Reproducing whiteness and enacting kin in the Nordic context of transnational egg donation : Matching donors with cross-border traveller recipients in Finland en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.03.012
dc.relation.issn 0277-9536
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