1st Edition

Institutionalizing Assisted Reproductive Technologies The Role of Science, Professionalism, and Regulatory Control

By Alexander Styhre, Rebecka Arman Copyright 2016
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    Reproductive medicine has been very successful at developing new therapies in recent years and people having difficulties conceiving have more options available to them than ever before. These developments have led to a new institutional landscape emerging and this innovative volume explores how health and social structures are being developed and reconfigured to take into account the increased use of assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF treatments.

    Using Sweden as a central case study, it explores how the process of institutionalizing new assisted reproductive technologies includes regulatory agencies, ethical committees, political bodies and discourses, scientific communities, patient and activists groups, and entrepreneurial activities in the existing clinics and new entrants to the industry. It draws on new theoretical developments in institutional theory and outlines how health innovations are always embedded in social relations including ethical, political, and financial concerns.

    This book will be of interest to advanced students and academics in health management, science and technology studies, the sociology of health and illness and organisational theory.

    1. Introduction: The Science of Life and the Market for Babies  Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives  2. Institutional Theory Discovers Agency  3. The Market and Industry of Reproductive Therapies  Part 2: Empirical Studies  4. The Methodology of Study  5. Creating Institutions  6. Maintaining Institutions  7. Disrupting Institutions  Part 3: Institutionalizing ART  8. Creating New Sociotechnical Reproductive Futures


    Alexander Styhre is Professor and Chair of Organization Theory and Management at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Rebecka Arman is Assistant Professor of Organization Theory and Management at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.