Regulating Human Reproductive Tissue: Strategic Sacralisation and Semantic Massage

Mackenzie, Robin (2007) Regulating Human Reproductive Tissue: Strategic Sacralisation and Semantic Massage. Health Care Analysis, 15 (4). pp. 305-319. ISSN 1065-3058. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper forms part of the feminist critique of the regulatory consequences of biomedicine’s systematic exclusion of the role of women’s bodies in the development of reprogenetic technologies. I suggest that strategic use of notions of the sacred to decontextualise and delimit disagreement fosters this marginalisation. Here conceptions of the sacred and sacralisation afford a means by which pragmatic consensus over regulation may be achieved, through the deployment of a bricolage of dense images associated with cultural loyalties to solidify support or exclude contradictory elements. Hence an explicit renegotiation of the symbolic order structuring salient debates is necessary to disrupt and enrich the entrenched and exclusionary dominant discourse over reprogenetic regulation. I draw upon previous analyses of strategic rhetoric associated with the regulation of infertility treatment and embryo research in the United Kingdom, the cultural anthropology of biomedicine and feminist ethnographies of reprogenetics to illustrate these claims.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Feminism - Infertility - Reprogenetic technology - Sacred
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Jenny Harmer
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2012 12:06
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2014 11:42
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