Navigating Uncertainties

Health, Technologies, and Politics in Post-Soviet Settings

‘Navigating Uncertainties’ uses a variety of empirical cases on topics including drug development, egg donation, and governance of healthcare facilities, to investigate how actors navigate the uncertainties that permeate the interfaces of health, technologies, and politics in post-Soviet settings and what the implications of their chosen navigation routes are.

Contemporary societies are imbued with uncertainties, but the authors focus on settings where uncertainties multiply, making decisions, practises, and relations in everyday life precarious.

Two worlds are brought into dialogue throughout the chapters of this book with the aim of facilitating mutual learning from one another – the world of science and technology studies (STS) and the high-income liberal democracies of the West, on one hand, and studies of post-socialism on the other. In so doing, this book encourages critical learning on ensuring the resilience of individual and societal health in situations of profound uncertainties.

This timely collection will be of great interest to scholars, practitioners and policy makes in the fields of sociology, biomedicine, political science and public and global health.

In short this book:

  • Provides an important contribution to the fields of science and technology studies and biomedical sociology
  • Illuminates the important microlevel political stakes and struggles that govern health innovations
  • Explores the understudied area of politics and science and technology of medical innovations outside of established westerns liberal democracies

Table of Content

  • Introduction. Dealing with Multiple Uncertainties in Post-Soviet Health, Technologies, and Politics Zvonareva, Olga (et al.)
  • Flirting with the Market: The Early Soviet Government and the Private Provision of Health Care, 1917–1932, Vasilyev, Pavel
  • (Re)Imagining the Nation? Boosting Local Drug Development in Contemporary Russia, Zvonareva, Olga
  • Risky Economies: Innovation of Medical Devices in Russia, Popova, Evgeniya
  • Medico-Economic Standards in Russia: Balancing Legal Requirements and Patients Needs, Kamenshchikova, Alena
  • Introducing ‘Natural’ Childbirth in Russian Hospitals. Midwives’ Institutional Work, Borozdina, Ekaterina
  • Ova Exchange Practises at a Moscow Fertility Clinic: Gift or Commodity? Kurlenkova, Alexandra
  • Innovating Health-Care Governance in Ukraine: Formal and Informal Practises, Stepurko, Tetiana (et al.)
  • Radiation Science After the Cold War. The Politics of Measurement, Risk, and Compensation in Kazakhstan, Bauer, Susanne

You can learn more about the book and order it here:

  • ISBN 978-3-319-64149-2