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Polski spór o in vitro Próba charakterystyki dyskursu publicznego
The Polish dispute over in vitro. The character of public debate

Author(s): Magdalena Kozub-Karkut
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Politics
Published by: KSIĘGARNIA AKADEMICKA Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: in vitro;public discourse; sociological discourse analysis;

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is to present the polish discourse on in vitro fertilization (IVF) and law regulation related to this issue. This article investigates the discursive strategies presented in the political discourse as well as in the part of public discourse, where the positions of proponents and opponents of the IVF are articulated. The publication presents the arguments of the Catholic clergy as well as activists and journalists associated with the Church (mainly presented in the press and on the Internet). In addition, the article shows the views of those who are strongly engaged in the promotion of the in vitro fertilization in Poland (their arguments are mostly presented in the press, media as well as on the Internet websites that were established especially for this reason). The article analyses the question of the identity of those who are IVF children and who recently are also taking part in the public debate related to this issue. The method, that has been chosen for the investigation, is the sociological discourse analysis, which enables to understand the social world (and political as well) from within while focusing on sense and reference of communication acts. Consequently, it can be applied to studying N. Luhmann’s system theory that assumes the investigation of the social system from within its own functioning.

  • Issue Year: 14/2017
  • Issue No: 46
  • Page Range: 239-263
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Polish
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