Project details


Childbirth, assisted reproduction, and embryo manipulation. A sociological analysis of current reproductive medicine in

Project Identification:GAP404/11/0621
Project Period:1/2011 - 12/2014
Investor:link to a new windowCzech Science Foundation
Programme / Project Type:Standard Projects -
MU Faculty/Unit:
Faculty of Social Studies
MU Investigator:Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Iva Šmídová, Ph.D.
Project Team Member:Mgr. Lenka Slepičková, Ph.D.
Mgr. Eva Šlesingerová, Ph.D.
Field:AO - Sociology, demography (A - Social sciences)
Keywords:biopower, biomedicine, reproductive medicine, normalization, hegemony, medical

This research project deals with current reproductive medicine in the Czech Republic. It is based on the concept of biopower as an analytical idea of a method of governance and administration of a modern population (Foucault 1999). The project focuses on biomedicine, as a concrete manifestation of such normalization of modern society in the Western approach to human health/illness (Cahill 2001). The aim of the project is to conduct a critical sociological analysis of reproductive medicine, as one of the key poles in the current form of biopower (Rabinow, Rose 2003, 2006). The reason for focusing research on this area is the relation between reproductive medicine in the Czech Republic and technology, the commodification of health and illness, and the normative character of reproductive medicine with its consequences in the broader social area. The research focuses on three specific fields of reproductive medicine: childbirth, assisted reproduction, and embryo manipulation.