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Invisible Vulnerabilities: Ethical, Practical and Methodological Dilemmas in Conducting Qualitative Research on the Interaction with IVF Embryos

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Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH), 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
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Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
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Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), CIES-IUL, 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal
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Department of Sociology, Universidade da Beira Interior, 6200-209 Covilhã, Portugal
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Societies 2020, 10(1), 7; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10010007
Received: 15 November 2019 / Revised: 19 December 2019 / Accepted: 24 December 2019 / Published: 27 December 2019
The burden of deciding the fate of the supernumerary human embryo created in vitro in the context of Assisted Reproductive Technologies rests on the beneficiary couples or individuals who conceived the parental project. The beneficiaries must also take on the responsibility of choosing whether to donate surplus embryos either to others or to scientific research, or to request their destruction. Vulnerable beings, weakened from the point of view of their identity (facing the social stigma still associated with some circumstances such as being infertile, lesbian or a single mother), are required to have skills such as reflexivity and autonomy in dramatic situations that concern their relationship with their own reproductive body. Given the urgency of this issue at the socio-anthropological level, we are conducting ethnographic research aimed at analysing how specialists and lay people objectivate, evaluate and circulate different conceptions of the human embryo in vitro. Based on our research experience within this ongoing project, we intend to discuss some ethical, practical and methodological concerns for the researcher in accessing the field and conducting fieldwork. We take into account the fact that this research is focused on sensitive topics and on individuals who can be considered people in vulnerable situations. View Full-Text
Keywords: human embryo in vitro; infertility; vulnerability human embryo in vitro; infertility; vulnerability
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Delaunay, C.; Augusto, A.; Santos, M. Invisible Vulnerabilities: Ethical, Practical and Methodological Dilemmas in Conducting Qualitative Research on the Interaction with IVF Embryos. Societies 2020, 10, 7.

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