Completed project

Medicine Multiple: Ethnography of the interfaces between biomedical and alternative therapeutic practices

Project duration: 
2015 - 2017

The project is concerned with the integrations of, and conflicts and passages between biomedicine and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Drawing upon medical anthropology, science and technology studies and the sociology of medicine, we propose to carry out a multi-sited ethnographic research in the Czech Republic which will, first, contribute to these three fields of study with original theoretical insights and methodological strategies regarding disease, health and body, and second, enhance the understanding of the specificities of CAM treatments and their interfaces with biomedicine in the contemporary Czech society. Distinctive features of the project include the focus on 1) interfaces between biomedicine and CAM but also between different CAM approaches and practices; 2) heterogeneous materialities and technologies as agents in the therapeutic practices; 3) technologies of the self, emerging socialities, and biosocial differentiation and transformation taking place also beyond the medical/therapeutic settings in a strict sense.

Principal investigator: 
Tomáš Ryška
Topics: 
sociology of science
Grant agency: 
Czech Science Foundation (GACR)

Project publications (total 11, displaying 1 - 10)

Brož, L., T. Stöckelová
Topic:
methodology, sociologická teorie, sociology of science
Department:
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science
Type of publication:
Peer-reviewed journal article
Stöckelová, T., F. Vostal
Topic:
sociology of science
Department:
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science
Type of publication:
Article with impact factor
Virtová, T., T. Stöckelová, H. Krásná
Topic:
methodology, work
Department:
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science
Type of publication:
Article with impact factor
Stöckelová, Tereza, Jaroslav Klepal
Topic:
sociology of science
Department:
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science
Type of publication:
Chapter in monograph
Stöckelová, T., J. Klepal
Topic:
sociology of science
Department:
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science
Type of publication:
Peer-reviewed journal article
Klepal, J., T. Stöckelová

Drawing on fieldwork in the postsocialist Czech Republic, we explore the transformative processes of biomedicalization, both within and in relation to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). We argue that it would be simplistic to understand evidence of these processes in CAM as a sign that CAM has fallen prey to biomedicine. Instead, we show how particular CAM practices play a groundbreaking role in shaping developments in contemporary health care.

Topic:
sociology of science, health
Department:
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science
Type of publication:
Article with impact factor
Trnka, S., Stöckelová, T.
Topic:
sociology of science, health
Department:
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science
Type of publication:
Article with impact factor
Brož, L., T. Stöckelová
Topic:
sociology of science
Department:
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science
Type of publication:
Article with impact factor
Kocman, D., Stöckelová, T., Pearse, R. and Martin, G.

Over two decades, the checklist has risen to prominence in healthcare improvement. This paper contributes to the debate between its proponents and critics, making the case for an STS-informed understanding of the checklist that demonstrates the limitations of both the ‘checklist-as-panacea’ and ‘checklist-as-socially-determined’ positions.

Topic:
care, sociologická teorie, technology/technique, health
Department:
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science
Type of publication:
Article with impact factor
Klepal, J., T. Stöckelová
Topic:
sociology of science, technology/technique, health
Department:
National Contact Centre for Gender & Science
Type of publication:
Article with impact factor

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