The Conditions that Facilitate Buyer Participation in the Market for Human Organs

Amanda Peters


Human body parts have become commodities for sale on global black markets. Kidneys, hearts, lungs, livers, corneas and any of the range of viable organs that can be harvested for transplantation are traded like common objects. Exploitation is rampant with organs typically flowing from the poor to the rich. Considering that organ buyers play a key role in the creation and maintenance of the trade, this article outlines three important social conditions that facilitate buyer participation; objectification, commodification, and globalization. The following provides a discussion of key theoretical considerations for further investigation.

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