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.
Project publications (total 11, displaying 1 - 10)
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.
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.