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‚Ontological Choreography’ as an Ethnographic Tool: Understanding the Making of Families by Reproductive Technologies in Switzerland

Bühler, Nolwenn and de Jong, Willemijn and Nay, Yv E. and Zehnder, Kathrin. (2015) ‚Ontological Choreography’ as an Ethnographic Tool: Understanding the Making of Families by Reproductive Technologies in Switzerland. Tsantsa, 20. pp. 84-96.

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Abstract

In this article the term «ontological choreography», coined by Charis Thompson, is used as a heuristic analytical device to grasp the different realities of reproductive technologies. The question is addressed as to whether this ethnographic tool is fruitful for understanding the making of families by heterosexual people and LGBTQ. Three case studies from a research project on fertility and family in the context of assisted reproduction in Switzerland reveal the fascinating complexities of temporal aspects of the ontological choreographies, but also some of their weaknesses as a tool. We propose to expand it by taking relationality and historical time into account.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Gender Studies
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Gender Studies > Geschlechterforschung (Maihofer)
UniBasel Contributors:Nay, Yv Elvin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Schweizerische Ethnologische Gesellschaft
ISSN:1420-7834
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:18 Apr 2019 15:00
Deposited On:18 Apr 2019 15:00

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