Skip to content
Society, Politics & Law

Thinking Allowed: Commercial surrogacy in India and money

Updated Monday, 2nd March 2015

Reproductive tourism and being unable to keep up with the transformation in money across the world is spoken about on this week's Thinking Allowed. 

When and where

Monday, 9th March 2015 00:15 - BBC Radio 4

Subscribe to our What's On feed

This page was published over five years ago. Please be aware that due to the passage of time, the information provided on this page may be out of date or otherwise inaccurate, and any views or opinions expressed may no longer be relevant. Some technical elements such as audio-visual and interactive media may no longer work. For more detail, see our Archive and Deletion Policy

Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.

On this week's programme

Pregnant woman having an ultrasound examination Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Studio7728 | Wombs for Sale:

Commercial surrogacy in India & beyond is discussed. Couples from all over the world can now hire Indian women to bear their children for a fraction of the cost of surrogacy elsewhere. Laurie Taylor talks to Amrita Pande, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cape Town, and author of a detailed study into a burgeoning business which has little or no government regulation. She talked to surrogates, their families, clients, doctors and brokers to capture the full mechanics of a labour regime rooted in global gender & economic inequality. They're joined by Michal Nahman, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of the West of England, who has studied reproductive tourism.

Read a transcript of this debate


Also, the transformation of money in the post crisis world is included in the programme. Nigel Dodd, Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, highlights the proliferation of new forms and systems of money, from local currencies and social lending to mobile money and Bitcoin. Why has our understanding of money failed to keep pace with these changes?

Read a transcript of this interview

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 4th March 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

View the other episode guides in this series.

Discover more about surrogacy and Bitcoin with our free resources

You may also be interested in this TED talk about money and morality that poses questions about what we should and shouldn't be able to buy. 

Take it further with The Open University




Related content (tags)

Copyright information

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?