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The View From Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences

Raymond De Vries (Editor), Leigh Turner (Editor), Kristina Orfali (Editor), Charles Bosk (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5269-3
232 pages
May 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book is a comprehensive exploration of the relationship between the social sciences and the appearance and growth of bioethics, and provides new analysis on how ordinary questions become “bioethical” questions.

  • Provides new analysis on the variations between different countries and their health systems
  • Questions why some bioethical issues fail to attract the attention of bioethicists
  • Investigates the effect of the rise of bioethics in the field of medical sociology
  • An essential text for medical sociologists, medical anthropologists, bioethicists, and to the increasingly large audience of those interested in the relationship between the social sciences and bioethics
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1. Social Science and Bioethics: The Way Forward: Raymond de Vries, Leigh Turner, Kristina Orfali and Charles Bosk.

2. Co-ordinating ‘Ethical’ Clinical Trials: The Role of Research Coordinators in the Contract Research Industry: Jill A. Fisher.

3. The Many Meanings of Care in Clinical Research: Michele M. Easter, Gail E. Henderson, Arlene M. Davis, Larry R. Churchill and Nancy M. P. King.

4. The Field Worker’s Fields: Ethics, Ethnography and Medical Sociology: Renée R. Anspach and Nissim Mizrachi.

5. Ethical Boundary-Work in the Embryonic Stem Cell Laboratory: Steven P. Wainwright, Clare Williams, Mike Michael, Bobbie Farsides and Alan Cribb.

6. Gift Not Commodity? Lay People Deliberating Social Sex Selection: Jackie Leach Scully, Tom Shakespeare and Sarah Banks.

7. It’s Money That Matters: The Financial Context of Ethical Decision-Making in Modern Biomedicine: Adam M. Hedgecoe.

8. The Power of Ethics: A Case Study from Sweden on the Social Life of Moral Concerns in Policy Processes: Klaus Hoeyer.

9. Explaining the Emergence of Euthanasia Law in the Netherlands: How the Sociology of Law Can Help the Sociology of Bioethics: Heleen Weyers.

10. From Biopolitics to Bioethics: Church, State, Medicine and Assisted Reproductive Technology in Ireland: Orla McDonnell and Jill Allison.

11. Taking Sociology Seriously: A New Approach to the Bioethical Problems of Infectious Disease: Mark Tausig, Michael J. Selgelid, Sree Subedi and Janardan Subedi.

12. Biobanks, Bioethics and Concepts of Donated Blood in the UK: Helen Busby.

13. Embodiment and Ethics: Constructing Medicine’s Two Bodies: David Armstrong.

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Raymond De Vries is a member of the Bioethics Program at the University of Michigan.

Leigh Turner is an Associate Professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit and Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University.

Kristina Orfali is an Associate Clinical Professor of Bioethics in Pediatrics, a Research Scholar at Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Bioethics at Columbia University.


Charles Bosk is Professor of Sociology and Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Provides new analysis on the variations between different countries and their health systems
  • Explores the profession of bioethics and its role in discussions about the means and ends of the life sciences
  • Questions why some bioethical issues fail to attract the attention of bioethicists
  • Investigates the effect of the rise of bioethics in the field of medical sociology

  • An essential text for medical sociologists, medical anthropologists, bioethicists, and to the increasingly large audience of those interested in the relationship between the social sciences and bioethics

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The diversity of papers in the collection reflect the multiplicity of ways through which social scientists can engage with (bio)ethics and provide a valuable resource for those new to the area. (Medical Sociology , April 2009)
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