Fertilization through a looking glass: a sociology of UK IVF in the late twentieth-century


  • Prof Sarah Franklin

    University of Cambridge

Project summary

IVF's recent historical present remains largely unanalysed. Professor Franklin is characterising the intersection of biological reproduction, technological agency, ethical frameworks, scientific knowledge and public culture, through which IVF has become an accepted and regular fact of life. The value lies within both improving sociological understandings of pivotal technological changes in the past, and the improved possibility such understandings offer to the accurate modelling of similar changes in the future.