The Circulation of Expertise, Accountability, and Fertility Treatments in Vietnam

 

The Circulation of Expertise, Accountability, and Fertility Treatments in Vietnam

Sage 5711

March 24, 2010 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Circulation of Expertise, Accountability, and Fertility Treatments in Vietnam

Melissa J. Pashigian
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Bryn Mawr College

Since the late-1990s, fertility treatments and their provision in Vietnam have undergone dramatic transformation. The introduction and popularization of in vitro fertilization (IVF) have led to the distinction between "scientific" techniques of assisted reproduction and all others, as well to increased regulation of assisted reproduction. The central government has pushed public hospitals to become financially self-sufficient with the country's move from a central to market economy, shifting greater financial burden to patients. This paper examines the circulation of experts and expert knowledge surrounding the development of fertility services (particularly IVF) over the past fifteen years in this period of transformation in Vietnam. Attention to the production of expert knowledge among different constituencies including the state, medical practitioners, and patients – who have shaped the recent rise of IVF in Vietnam, its movement from France to Vietnam and its subsequent export to other points in Southeast Asia – ties these changes to tensions produced by the rise of neoliberal economic and social changes in a continuing socialist context.

Light Luncheon @ 12pm
Presentation @ 1230pm

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