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Infertility and the New Reproductive Technologies among British Pakistani Moslems

A research project of the Department of Anthropology, part of the Medical Anthropology research group.


This research explores the impacts of infertility on the lives of British Pakistanis, and their responses, including engagement with the new reproductive technologies. Infertility carries particular stigma among this group, and can alter identities, and affect family/social relationships. In The research explores how people negotiate their quest for a child, paying attention to discourses of religion and science, understandings of the body, and meanings of marriage, kinship and family life.


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • British Pakistani Moslems, Infertility And The New (£169282.00 from ESRC)


We aim to develop an understanding of how infertility is managed by British Pakistanis living in Teesside. Past research has shown that current reproductive health services are not always appropriate to the needs of this group.


In the first phase of the project, we are interviewing around 100 British Pakistanis with a variety of family situations, to situate infertility within the range of "normal" reproductive experiences and reproductive anxiety. The second phase involves detailed follow-up of a smaller number of individuals and couples currently undergoing treatment for infertility.


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