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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Delivering Policy

The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Delivering Policy

The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada

Are assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) a medical issue or a matter of public policy, subject to restrictions? Francesca Scala employs the concept of boundary work to explain the protracted debates that ensued when Canada appointed a royal commission in 1989 to settle the issue. She reveals that both sides of the debate attempted to secure their position as authorities by challenging, defending, or blurring the boundaries between science and politics. This compelling account contributes to our understanding of the interaction between science and politics, the exercise of social control over science and technology, and the politics of expertise in policy making.

252 pages


Table of Contents

1 Politics, Science, and ARTs Policy in Canada

2 Normalizing and Resisting Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives

3 Claiming and Contesting Epistemic Authority: The Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies

4 Science and the Public Weigh In: The Discursive Terrain of ARTs Policy Making

5 “Proceed with Care”: (Re)negotiating the Science/Politics Divide

6 Setting Boundaries and Crafting ARTs Legislation

7 Science, Boundary Work, and Parliamentary Politics: The Passing of Bill C-6

8 Understanding Boundary Work and ARTs Policy in Canada

Notes; References; Index

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