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Buy and Download Description In this chapter, I focus on the way in which genealogy informs and is informed by relationships forged through 'new reproductive technologies' (NRT). I have argued elsewhere that residents of a town in the northwest of England, which for present purposes I call Alltown, explore the implications of technological or medical assistance of conception through their understanding of kinship, that is, through what they know about the making and breaking of intimate social relations and the growing of 'proper' persons (e.g., Edwards 1999, 2000; Edwards et al. 1999). They also explore innovative techniques of conception by way of what they know about the town, its people and its past, and also by way of what they know about the wider political and economic worlds in which they live (and see Edwards and Strathern 2000). They connect disparate and diverse elements of social life (which include genealogies) and in so doing map out a range of possible futures. This chapter centres on the connections that Alltown people make and the things they enlist in their focus on NRT. They draw on pasts and predict futures and, as Lisa Malkki writes, if histories and futures are different, 'it is not because one is real and the other imagined – both are imaginative constructions built out of people's perceived realities' (2001: 328). My interest is in the way in which a genealogical model is mobilized to narrate connections forged in novel forms of conception. I am also interested in the limits of the model and in the way in which the 'trickiness', as one Alltown woman put it, of actual and lived relationships cuts across it. In this chapter, I focus on the way in which genealogy informs and is informed by relationships forged through 'new reproductive technologies' (NRT). I have argued elsewhere that residents of a town in the northwest of England, which for pre
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