Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Choon Key Chekar

Research Fellow

I joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy in February 2016 as a Research Fellow on the Wellcome Trust-funded project “Translations and transformations in patienthood: cancer in the post-genomics era” project, working with the principal investigators Professor Anne Kerr (Leeds) and Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley (University of Edinburgh) and research fellows Dr Julia Swallow, Dr Tineke Broer, and Dr Emily Ross.

Before joining SSP, I took part in various research projects. Most recently, I was based in the Centre for Bionetworking at the University of Sussex (September 2012 – October 2015), where I still am affiliated as a Research Associate. Based on my field research in South Korea, I focused on two main research themes: 1) the partnership between patient groups and other key stakeholders such as the pharmaceutical industry and medical research groups in the pursuit of biomedical embrace in stem cell science and 2) the partnership between religious groups and the stem cell industry. I was particularly interested in the role of the South Korean Catholic Church in supporting of adult stem cell research as well as the evangelical churches’ involvement in endorsing stem cell therapies and products.

Before that, I was based in the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) at Cardiff University, where I conducted two ERC research projects: Globalising European Bioethics Education; and the ELSI work-package for BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure) project.

I received my Ph.D. from the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in 2008. My PhD thesis, titled ‘Gendering Discourses of Time in South Korean Self-help Books: The Normalisation of a Masculine Long Hours Work Culture, was a critique of South Korean time culture where ‘happy workaholics’ are normalised and celebrated and the boundaries between work/non-work become increasingly blurry.

Research Interests

  1. The role of media and popular culture in the public understanding of science and technology
  2. Patient activism in the development of biomedicine, regenerative medicine in particular.
  3. Gender politics of time

Key Publications

Journal articles

  • Sleeboom-Faulkner M, Chekar CK, Faulkner A, Heitmeyer C, Marouda M, Rosemann A, Chaisinthop N, Chang HC, Ely A, Kato M, Patra PK, Su Y, Sui S, Suzuki W, Zhang X, ‘Comparing national home-keeping and the regulation of translational stem cell applications: An international perspective’, Social Science and Medicine, 153 (2016), 240-249
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.01.047

  • Chekar CK, ‘Constituting Public Support for the National Stem Cell Project: Kungmin as a Rhetorical Flag in South Korean Media’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 15.3 (2015), 432-447
    DOI: 10.1111/sena.12161

  • Chekar CK, Kitzinger J, ‘Science, patriotism and discourses of nation and culture: Reflections on the South Korean stem cell breakthroughs and scandals’, New Genetics and Society, 26.3 (2007), 289-307
    DOI: 10.1080/14636770701701790

  • Chekar CK, Clifford S, ‘Book Review: Women, Television and Everyday Life in Korea. Journeys of Hope, Youna Kim, 2005’, Feminist Media Studies, 6.4 (2006), 557-561
    DOI: 10.1080/14680770600990101

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