URL: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/webprogram/Session9145.html [Changed 2018-12-03]
Session title: Reproductive Rights Under Commercialized and Politicized Medical Discourses
Research Committee: RC32 Women in Society
Organizer: TANAKA Sigeto (Tohoku University)
OSF project: https://osf.io/wqe54/
Call for Abstracts
As the limitations of assisted reproductive technology have become known, particularly for infertile women of advanced age, professionals in the field of medicine, epidemiology, and health education have emphasized educating people about reproductive issues for healthy pregnancy and childbirth. On the Internet, many “fertility sites” target people (mainly women) seeking information about pregnancy, childbirth, and infertility treatments. Books and magazines feature issues on human reproduction. These popularized information sources can include incorrect, inaccurate, or exaggerated messages.
Knowledge about reproductive medicine is also important for governments interested in maintaining their countries' populations from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Governments often try to utilize scientific knowledge to control people's reproductive behaviors.
This conduct by professionals and governments is a crucial factor in exploring people's rights and choices, gender relations, and the power structure in reproduction. This session invites papers related to these issues. Examples of expected themes are:
- the changing discourse on reproduction owing to the globalization of the medical/pharmaceutical industry and institutionalization of evidence-based medicine,
- debate on how to guarantee the reliability of medical information,
- relationships between population policy and reproductive medicine,
- contemporary faces of eugenics, and
- the tension between the gender movement/policy and gender-based medical/biological science.
Submission deadline is 2017-09-30. Non-members of ISA (and RC32) can submit their proposal for oral presentation in this session from https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/webprogrampreliminary/Session9145.html
Selection of submitted abstracts will be completed by 2017-11-03.
The results will be notified by 2017-11-30.
Guidelines and deadlines: http://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/world-congress/toronto-2018/guidelines-for-presenters/
Call for abstracts: http://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/world-congress/toronto-2018/call-for-abstracts/
List of all sessions: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/webprogram/programs.html [Changed 2018-12-03]
Search sessions: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/webprogram/ [Changed 2018-12-03]
Accepted papers [2018-12-03 added]
- Elena Bogomiagkova, Liudmila Gerashchenko, and Marina Lomonosova. Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Russia: To the Question of New Forms of Social Inequality
- Ruby Lai. The “Perfect Abortion” Paradox: The Sales and Experiences of Private Abortion Services in China
- Iva Smidova. Reproductive Loss in the Medicalised Post-Socialist Context
Report [2018-12-03 added]
(Prepared for the ISA/RC32 Newsletter)
Session “Reproductive Rights under Commercialized and Politicized Medical Discourses” was held in the evening of July 16, the second day of the World Congress of Sociology. We heard three papers on social problems around reproduction in Russia (by E. Bogomiagkova, L. Gerashchenko, and M. Lomonosova), China (by R. Lai), and the Czech Republic (by I. Smidova). While each paper caught different aspects of medical/health issues of reproduction in post-socialist contexts, we shared findings about disadvantage of the public medical sector, commercialism and globalization of the medical market, inequality among social groups, and gender relationships in distribution of risk and autonomy.
History of this page
2017-04-25: URLs about call for abstract
2017-06-21: OSF project added
2018-12-03: Report of the session