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About Zsuzsa Berend

Zsuzsa Berend teaches sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her most recent book is The Online World of Surrogacy, published by Berghahn Books.

Articles by Zsuzsa Berend

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Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor of openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The online world of surrogacy

What do we know about the women using their own bodies to help intended parents realise their dreams?

Researching surrogacy online: the challenges and opportunities of digital ethnography

Online discussions on support websites, in which geographically dispersed people communicate about shared concerns, can yield valuable data for fieldwork when looked at correctly.

Misconceptions about altruism and choice in US surrogacy

Surrogate pregnancy is criticised as exploitative, yet the women involved tell a different story. Choosing to help create life for those ‘without choice’ is more altruistic than anything else.

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