Commodification of body parts in the global south : transnational inequalities and development challenges


    • Nahavandy, Firouzeh


Commodification of body parts in the global south : transnational inequalities and development challenges

Firouzeh Nahavandy

(Palgrave pivot)

Palgrave Macmillan, c2016

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Includes bibliographical references and index



This book proposes the introduction of a development-related perspective to scholarly critique of the human body's commodification. Nahavandi contends that the commodification of human body parts reflects a modern form of such well-known historical phenomena as slavery and colonization, and can be considered a new and additional form of appropriation and extraction of resources from the Global South. What are the commonalities between hair trade, surrogacy, kidney sale and attraction of brains? The author argues that these all characterize a world where increasingly everything can be traded or is considered to be tradeable. A world where, similar to any other goods, body parts have entered the global market either legally or illegally. Through a series of multidisciplinary comparative studies, the book explores how forms commodification of the human body are fuelled by issues of poverty in the Global South, and inequality in transnational relations.


Introduction-. Chapter 1: Commodification of the Human Body Parts-. Chapter 1.1: A Definition of the Commodification of the Human Body Parts-. Chapter 1.2: A Note on Terminology-. Chapter 1.3: Overview of the social sciences literature-. Chapter 1.3.i: Classical grounding-. Chapter 1.3.ii: Gift or Commodity?-. Chapter 1.3.iii: Freedom in markets or dehumanization?-. Chapter 1.4: Literature related to the working cases-. Chapter 2: Transnational Hair Trade-. Chapter 2.1: Hair as a commodity-. Chapter 2.2. The demand-. Chapter 2.3: The supply-. Chapter 3: Transnational Surrogacy-. Chapter 3.1: The womb as a commodity-. Chapter 3.2: The demand-. Chapter 3.2.i: The commissioners-. Chapter 3.2.ii: The desire for a child-. Chapter 3.3: The supply-. Chapter 3.3.i: India, the most studied destination-. Chapter 3.2.iii: Other destinations-. Chapter 4: Transnational Kidney Transplant-. Chapter 4.1: The kidney as a commodity-. Chapter 4.2: The demand-. Chapter 4.3: The supply-. Chapter 4.3.i: Poverty, the cradle of kidney selling-. Chapter 4.3.ii: Pakistan's sellers-. 4.3.iii: The Philippines' sellers-. Chapter 4.3.iv: India's sellers-. Chapter 4.3.v: Bangladesh's sellers-. Chapter Other countries' sellers-. Chapter 5: Transnational Attraction of Brains-. Chapter 5.1: The issue-. Chapter 5.2: the demand-. Chapter 5.2.i: Selective migration policies-. Chapter 5.2.ii: International graduate students' policy-. Chapter 6: The Commodification of the Human Body Parts in a Development-Related Perspective-. Chapter 6.1: Commodification of the human body parts as a result of development-related issues linked to poverty and inequality-. Chapter 6.1.i: Commodification of human body parts as a result of poverty and inequality-. Chapter 6.2: Commodification of the human body parts as a source of new development-related issues-. Chapter 6.2.i: The inequality in access to healthcare-. Chapter 6.2.ii: Consequences of attraction of brains and brain drain-. Ending Remarks

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