Regulating Reprogenetics: Strategic Sacralisation and Semantic Message

Mackenzie, Robin (2007) Regulating Reprogenetics: Strategic Sacralisation and Semantic Message. Health Care Analysis, 15 (4). pp. 305-319. ISSN 1065-3058. (doi: (Full text available)

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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 ofreprogenetic technologies. I suggest that strategic use of notions of the sacred to decontextualise and delimit disagreement fosters this marginalisation. Here conceptions of the sacred a 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 to exclude contradictory elements. Hence an explicit renegoation of the symbolic order structuring salient debates is necessary to disrupt and enrich the entrenched and exclusionary dominant discourse over reprogenetic 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.

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Uncontrolled keywords: Feminism, Infertility, Reprogenic technology, Sacred
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: C.A.R. Kennedy
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:21 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2012 12:58 UTC
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