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Random Families

Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

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The ready availability of donated sperm and eggs has made possible an entirely new form of family. Children of the same donor and their families, with the help of social media and the internet, can now locate each other and make contact. Based on over 350 interviews with children and parents, Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson share how these remarkable relationships woven from tenuous bits of information and fueled by intense curiosity are expanding the possibilities for kinship. Random Families is a highly readable account of life at the intersection of reproductive technology, social media, and the human desire for intimacy and identity.
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Sociology of Health & Illness
The scope of Random Families is astounding...Hertz and Nelson have made a significant contribution to what is an area of research in its infancy and have sparked an important conversation on what it means to be a family.

Global Technologies of Sperm Donation from Conception to Connection
The networks that Hertz and Nelson selected for case study...represent different age cohorts and different eras in the history of donor conception, and provide a fascinating glimpse into the varied ways in which these networks interact.

, Society Rosanna Hertz and Margaret Nelson provide an important and significant expansion of the field [of donor kinship]. At the core of the book is a sociological investigation and analysis of whether and how strangers become relatives, and what happens to the meaning of family as these strangers who share genes manage their new relationships. Random Families is an impressive book Ultimately, this is not a neatly tied package of family connections but instead an analysis, an attempt to create a narrative to describe these otherwise unscripted relationships (p. 198) that are so different from other kinship-based bonds.

W. Feigelman, CHOICE add[s] substantially to the literature on Americans' changing families, family values, and behaviors. This clearly written and organized text ... [is] a groundbreaking and illuminating study ... Highly recommended.

SCIENCE Hertz and Nelson's approach is a welcome addition to the scholarship on searching for genetic relations among donor-conceived people and their parents . . . Random Families is an intellectually honest account of the complexity, and diversity, of same-donor networks . . . What becomes of these [donor network] possibilities remains to be seen, but for bringing them to light, Random Families deserves recognition.

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Rosanna Hertz is the 1919 50th Reunion Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. She authored the widely acclaimed Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice, a path-breaking study of women who choose parenthood without marriage. She is frequently sought out by national media on issues related to women, work and changing families in contemporary society. Margaret K. Nelson is the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Sociology Emerita at Middlebury College where she taught for four decades. Her books include Working Hard and Making Do: Surviving in Small Town America (with Joan Smith), and Parenting Out of Control: Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times.


Introduction: Unprecedented Relationships Part I: Making Sense of the Donor and Donor Siblings Chapter 1. Choosing Donors Chapter 2. Inventing the Donor / Inventing the Self Chapter 3. Parents Make Contact with Genetic Strangers Chapter 4. The Surprise of donor siblings Part II: Networks of Donor Siblings Chapter 5. Michael's Clan: The Arrival of the Father Chapter 6. 7008 Builders: We are Family Chapter 7. The Tourists: Just Related Strangers Chapter 8. Connected Soul Mates: Emotional Ties Chapter 9. The Social Capitalists: Joining The Preschoolers Group Chapter 10. Donor Sibling Networks: Continuity and Change Conclusion: Choice in Donor Sibling Networks Appendix A: Respondents Appendix B: Interviews, Virtual Ethnography And Language In The Book Endnotes Bibliography