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Masculinity and betting shops; 'New' biological relatives and kinship

IVF - Laurie Taylor considers the ways in which technologically assisted human reproduction has created new biological relatives. Also, men in betting shops.

IVF - it's 35 years years since the initial success of a form of technologically assisted human reproduction which has led to the birth of 5 million 'miracle' babies. Laurie Taylor talks to Sarah Franklin, Professor in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, about her study into the meaning and impact of IVF. Has the creation of new biological relatives transformed our notion of kinship? They're joined by Henrietta Moore, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Also, the male space of the 'bookies'. Betting on horses and dogs has long been seen as a male pastime and the betting shop as a 'man's world'. Rebecca Cassidy, Professor of Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths at the University of London, asks why this should be, interviewing both workers and customers in London betting shops.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Sarah Franklin

Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge


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Biological Relatives: IVF, Stem Cells, and the Future of Kinship
Publisher: Duke University Press; 1 edition
ISBN-10: 0822354993
ISBN-13: 978-0822354994

Henrietta Moore

William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge


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Rebecca Cassidy

Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London


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Abstract: ‘A place for men to come and do their thing’: constructing masculinities in betting shops in London
The British Journal of Sociology, 65: 170–191
doi: 10.1111/1468-4446.12044


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