Google Earth and Google Babies: Nation, Transnation and the Australian Reproscape

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Transnational Spaces of India and Australia


If the transnational is often mapped at a macro scale, it also occurs at many micro levels, some of which centre on the human body. This chapter surveys a range of print and visual media to see how the movements of genetic material are represented as they occur within and across national spaces, and how transnational surrogacy contracts, third-party provision of gametes and adoption reconfigure the family. Key genres dealing with the ‘reproscape’ are outlined: documentaries, memoirs, fiction, digital media, television dramas and film. The focus is on Australia and two central examples involve Australian-Indian exchanges: a memoir of commissioning surrogacy by Barry du Bois and the memoir of adoption by Saroo Brierly, which was made internationally famous as the film Lion.

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