Home    Number 1, 2018

Russian Socio-Medical Expertise as a Rite of Passage

[Rossiiskaia mediko-sotsial’naia ekspertiza kak obriad perekhoda]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7868/S0869541518010050

Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 21.03.2017

Accepted: 21.11.2017

About author(s)

Lyubov Torlopova | http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2809-9965 | lyubovtorlopova@gmail.com | Tomsk State University (36 Lenina Ave., Tomsk, 634050, Russia)


disability, production of disability, socio-medical expertise, medical anthropology, medical practices, disability studies, science and technology studies, STS


The article discusses anthropological research on practices of socio-medical expertise (SME) involved in the process of disability production. Drawing on the participant-observation study of the work of several SME bureaus, I examine the ways in which agents participate in SME and describe the stages along which the “disability” status is produced. I further show the means and effects of intersection of common everyday practices among different agents as medical experts, medical doctors, or other professionals, and civil “recipients of public services”, departments, online systems, medical and legal documents.

Funding Information

This research was supported by the following institutions and grants:
Russian Foundation for Humanities, https://doi.org/10.13039/100009094 [grant 16-01-00145]


Torlopova, L.A. 2018. Rossiiskaia mediko-sotsial’naia ekspertiza kak obriad perekhoda [Russian Socio-Medical Expertise as a Rite of Passage]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 1: 47-58. https://doi.org/10.7868/S0869541518010050

Full text is distributed by eLIBRARY.ru