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Calculated risk : constructions of risk in biomedical, feminist, and lay perceptions of conception-assisting technologies

dc.contributor.advisorWakewich, Pamela
dc.contributor.authorRoy, Stephannie Charlotte
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-07T19:44:04Z
dc.date.available2017-06-07T19:44:04Z
dc.date.created1996
dc.date.issued1996
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/2466
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores how different social and political interests frame interpretations and assessments of the risks of conception-assisting technologies among biomedical clinicians, infertile women seeking treatment, and feminist analysts— three important groups involved in the debate over the efficacy, safety and acceptability of conception-assisting technologies. Through a review of interdisciplinary secondary source data on risk and conception-assisting technologies, I detail the prevailing theories on risk, risk assessment and risk acceptability. I elaborate the particular perspectives on risk held by each of the three groups and the social and political influences which shape them. I also explore how differing conceptions of risk affect decision making and the acceptance of technology. I argue that to understand differing risk constructions it is necessary to understand the social, political, economic and cultural framework within which these risk determinations are made. This discussion of risk and conception-assisting technologies should be viewed and analyzed as part of a wider debate about socializing technology. It also makes way for more comparative sociological analyses of different groups' risk assessments of technological innovations.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectHuman reproductive technology Moral and ethical aspects
dc.subjectInfertility, Female Treatment Risk factors
dc.subjectHuman reproductive technology
dc.titleCalculated risk : constructions of risk in biomedical, feminist, and lay perceptions of conception-assisting technologies
dc.typeThesis
etd.degree.nameMaster of Arts
etd.degree.levelMaster
etd.degree.disciplineSociology
etd.degree.grantorLakehead University


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