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Studying the semantics of reproduction : a social systems analysis of new reproductive technologies

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Studying the semantics of reproduction : a social systems analysis of new reproductive technologies

Rogers, Susan (2003) Studying the semantics of reproduction : a social systems analysis of new reproductive technologies. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study is a theoretical analysis of human conception in the modern world. Emphasis is placed on Niklas Luhmann's concept of social systems as organisms of meaning creation which communicatively evolve with corresponding environments. Some of the reproductive technologies addressed include in-vitro fertilization, surrogacy, and egg and sperm donation. These forms of assisted reproduction are considered as social systems involved in self-referential communication with larger environments. This purpose of this study is to illustrate the means by which the social observer is able to uncover and objectively understand communication paths traveled by reproductive social systems. The two general social environments addressed are those pertaining to gender and the economy. Overall, reproductive systems are theorized as actively involved in meaningful intimate creation with gendered and economic environments through evolving codes of efficiency. This approach provides a multi-dimensional, and hence more inclusive understanding of reproductive technologies by tracing several of the countless purposeful trajectories between systems and environments.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Rogers, Susan
Pagination:iii, 106 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2003
Thesis Supervisor(s):Nielsen, Greg
ID Code:2437
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:28
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:26
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