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The Good Sperm Cell: Ethnographic Explorations of Semen Quality
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centrum för genusforskning (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4493-7386
University of Copenhagen.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2780-4784
2018 (English)In: Tecnoscienza: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, ISSN 2038-3460, E-ISSN 2038-3460, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 9-28Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we compare the meaning and assessment of semenquality across three different contexts: male infertility, sperm donation,and in-vitro sperm. We ask how semen quality is determined in thesethree contexts and what kind of practices and normative choices theseevaluative processes involve. While the notion of good semen quality is oftenreduced to biomedical evidence, our analysis shows that it also drawson beliefs about what is desirable and what is not, producing biomedical evidencein light of specifically desired outcomes. Unpacking semen quality, bylooking at the specificities of how it is done across three different contexts,in this article we thus move beyond comprehending quality standards aspurely technical matters and reposition biomedical assessments of male reproductivepotential in their political and normative contexts.

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The Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies STS ITALIA , 2018. Vol. 9, no 1, p. 9-28
Keywords [en]
artificial sperm cells; gender; infertility; masculinity; reproductive biomedicine
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Gender Studies
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-68687ISI: 000440871900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-68687DiVA, id: diva2:1237902
Available from: 2018-08-10 Created: 2018-08-10 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved

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