Red Cross research project Blood as a gift, blood in practice: multiple enactments and politics of blood in the blood economy

01 January 2015 → 31 December 2018
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Applied sociology
    • Policy and administration
    • Social psychology
    • Social stratification
    • Social theory and sociological methods
    • Sociology of life course, family and health
    • Other sociology and anthropology
biovalue gift exchange organizational theory market exchange social policy bio-identity sociology of risk altruism bio-ethics citizenship blood biopolitics actor-network theory
Project description

Drawing on an in-depth qualitative case study of the blood economy in Flanders, this research project explores different socio-cultural, techno-scientific and commercial settings and material-semiotic practices involved in the donation and globalized circulation of blood and blood products. The research aims to articulate multiple meanings, performances and values of donated blood, and to analyze the political mechanisms that coordinate this ontological multiplicity.