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Reproductive Rights Under Commercialized and Politicized Medical Discourses (Session at XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology)

Session at XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology (July 15-21, 2018, Toronto)
Call for Abstract: from 2017-04-25 to 2017-09-30


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Session title: Reproductive Rights Under Commercialized and Politicized Medical Discourses
Format: Oral
Language: English
Research Committee: RC32 Women in Society
Organizer: TANAKA Sigeto (Tohoku University)
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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

Selection of submitted abstracts will be completed by 2017-11-03.
The results will be notified by 2017-11-30.

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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

2017-04-18: Created
2017-04-25: URLs about call for abstract
2017-06-21: OSF project added
2018-12-03: Report of the session