The main objective of this research is to analyse the emergence, transmission and circulation of discourses and practices of reticence and rejection of biomedical technologies and treatments, with special emphasis on unravelling the role of religious and spiritual beliefs when such rejection occurs.
The importance of new religious subjectivities crystallises in a particularly visible way in the field of science and biomedical technologies, since it is at the intersection between science and religion that moral visions, ethical regulations, political-ideological constellations, visions of gender and social imaginaries of the future are interwoven. Moreover, the accelerated transformation of the contemporary religious landscape, the fragmentation of the spaces of construction of meaning, the growing mobilisation of religious identities in the public sphere, and the increased visibility of debates on biomedical technologies, give relevance to this project.
At the methodological level, the project proposes an innovative approach with a mixed methodology based on a combination of big data analysis and a qualitative approach. In terms of scientific impact, the research aims to make a relevant theoretical contribution by combining three different disciplinary fields: sociology of religion, anthropology of health, and science and technology studies. The project will also have an impact at the methodological level as it is based on a highly innovative design. In terms of social impact, the research will favour a better understanding of the logics of action and reasoning of these groups with the aim of improving scientific communication policies in this area.
The project Between science and religion. An empirical study to understand the role of religious beliefs in opposition to biomedical technologies (ECIREL) is coordinated by professor Maria del Mar Griera.
Grant PID2020-120201GB-I00 funded by: