Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.
On this week's programme
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.
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?
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 bbc.co.uk.
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