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Property in the Body
Feminist Perspectives

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  • Date Published: June 2007
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  • isbn: 9780511282263

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  • New developments in biotechnology radically alter our relationship with our bodies. Body tissues can now be used for commercial purposes, while external objects, such as pacemakers, can become part of the body. Property in the Body: Feminist Perspectives transcends the everyday responses to such developments, suggesting that what we most fear is the feminisation of the body. We fear our bodies are becoming objects of property, turning us into things rather than persons. This book evaluates how well-grounded this fear is, and suggests innovative models of regulating what has been called 'the new Gold Rush' in human tissue. This is an up-to-date and wide-ranging synthesis of market developments in body tissue, bringing together bioethics, feminist theory and lessons from countries that have resisted commercialisation of the body, in a theoretically sophisticated and practically significant approach.

    • Allows reader to make sense of headline stories about stem cells and other developments in biomedicine
    • Offers reader a clear argument about why we worry about the body becoming a mere commodity and what we can do to prevent it
    • Avoids both sole emphasis on US situation and easy answers to difficult questions about how we should handle rapid change in the new biotechnologies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "It is rare to find a text that offers a specifically feminist approach to bioethical problems that are not commonly taken as gendered...this book is to be recommended for an illuminating attempt at philosophical and legal rigor applied to cutting edge ethical issues."
    Jackie L. Scully, Metapsychology Online

    Dickenson is essential reading, making one aware that ensuring donors’ informed consent to the procedures they undergo hardly touches the complexity of the issues involved. Instead, we have to ask whether donors have a rightful interest in how the bodily tissues they donated are later used in research programs and also consider society’s legitimate interest in who benefits from the sale of the biotechnological products that may result." - SIGNS

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2007
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511282263
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Do we all have 'feminised' bodies now?
    2. Property, objectification and commodification
    3. The Lady Vanishes: what's missing from the stem cell debate
    4. Umbilical cord blood banks: seizing surplus value
    5. The gender politics of genetic patenting
    6. Biobanks: consent, commercialisation and charitable trusts
    7. The new French resistance: commodification rejected?
    8. Tonga, the genetic commons and No Man's Land
    9. Afterword

  • Author

    Donna Dickenson, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Donna Dickenson is Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London.

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