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Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel
Socio-legal, Political, and Empirical Analysis


Hagai Boas, Nadav Davidovitch, Yael Hashiloni-Dolev, Dani Filc, Shai J. Lavi, Benjamin Langer, Yoav Kenny, Hadas Ziv, Sagit Mor, Hedva Eyal, Adi Moreno, Himmat Zu'bi, Margherita Brusa, Yechiel Bar Ilan, Vardit Ravitsky, Ya'arit Bokek-Cohen, Aviad E. Raz, Roy Gilbar, Nili Karako-Eyal, Michael Weingarten, Haim Hazan, Raquel Romberg
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  • Date Published: January 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107159846

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  • Although the 'Israeli case' of bioethics has been well documented, this book offers a novel understanding of Israeli bioethics that is a milestone in the comparative literature of bioethics. Bringing together a range of experts, the book's interdisciplinary structure employs a contemporary, sociopolitical-oriented approach to bioethics issues, with an emphasis on empirical analysis, that will appeal not only to scholars of bioethics, but also to students of law, medicine, humanities, and social sciences around the world. Its focus on the development of bioethics in Israel makes it especially relevant to scholars of Israeli society - both in and out of Israel - as well as medical practitioners and health policymakers in Israel.

    • Extends bioethical discussion beyond the classical bioethics paradigm, adding a bio-political perspective to bioethics
    • Presents an interdisciplinary perspective on bioethics, including critical thought such as law and society, disabilities studies, gender studies, race and minorities, and public health ethics
    • Suggests a novel standpoint on current discussions related to the Israeli case
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    'Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel thoughtfully and systematically addresses questions of biomedical ethics within the context of a political setting in which core moral assumptions of health and well-being too often take back seats to existential tensions of discord and survival. Looking compellingly beneath the headlines, the book uncovers vital new insights about the ways that ostensibly liberal projects morph to serve conservative ideologies; and about the oft-surprising and frequently complex alliances that can form across boundaries and borders when health serves as a potential framework for common cause.' Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, and author of The Protest Psychosis

    'A must-read for any scholar of bioethics, medical sociology, and STS who wants to understand the discourse of bioethics and how this discourse is embedded in national, historical, and cultural contexts. This book is an important contribution to the self-reflection of bioethics as a discipline.' Silke Schicktanz, University of Göttingen, and author of Comparative Empirical Bioethics: Dilemmas of Genetic Testing and Euthanasia in Israel and Germany

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107159846
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: bioethics in Israel Hagai Boas, Nadav Davidovitch, Yael Hashiloni-Dolev, Dani Filc and Shai J. Lavi
    Part I. Bioethics as Biopolitics:
    1. Biosecuritization of public health preparedness in Israel and Palestine: from traditional bioethics to public health ethics Nadav Davidovitch and Benjamin Langer
    2. Republican bioethics Dani Flic
    3. From bioethics to biopolitics in recent Israeli legislation about force-feeding hunger-striking inmates Yoav Kenny
    4. A cognitive dissonant health system: can we combat racism without admitting it exists? Hadas Ziv
    5. Nothing about us without us: a disability challenge to bioethics Sagit Mor
    Part II. Familialism and Reproduction:
    6. The effect of Jewish-Israeli family ideology on policy regarding reproductive technologies Yael Hashiloni-Dolev
    7. 'Quiet, dependent, nice and loyal: surrogacy agencies discourse of international surrogacy Hedva Eyal and Adi Moreno
    8. Palestinian fertility in Israeli sphere Himmat Zu'bi
    9. Childbirth in Israel: home birth and newborn screening Margherita Brusa and Yechiel Bar Ilan
    10. 'Life after death': the Israeli approach to posthumous reproduction Vardit Ravitsky and Ya'arit Bokek-Cohen
    Part III. Is There an Israeli Exception?:
    11. Reckless or pioneering? Public health genetics services in Israel Aviad E. Raz
    12. The end-of-life decision-making process in Israel: bioethics, law and the practice of doctors Roy Gilbar and Nili Karako-Eyal
    13. Organ donation, brain death and the limits of liberal bioethics Hagai Boas and Shai J. Lavi
    14. Towards an Israeli medical ethics Michael Weingarten
    15. Tilting the frame: Israeli suicide as an alternative to suicide in Israel Haim Hazan and Raquel Romberg.

  • Editors

    Hagai Boas, Tel Aviv University Center for Ethics
    Hagai Boas has published on brain death, organ transplantations, and bioethics. Since 2012, he has been the program director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. Beginning in October 2017, he will be the head of the Science and Technology section at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

    Yael Hashiloni-Dolev, The Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo, School of Government and Society
    Yael Hashiloni-Dolev is a sociologist of health and illness, and a member of Israel's National Bioethics Council. Her areas of interest include new reproductive technologies, genetics, gender, bioethics, contemporary parenthood, and posthumous reproduction. She has authored two books: A Life (Un)Worthy of Living: Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany (2007) and The Fertility Revolution (2013, in Hebrew).

    Nadav Davidovitch, Ben Gurion University Department of Health Systems Management
    Nadav Davidovitch is an epidemiologist and public health physician. He is a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Systems Management at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. His current research deals with health policy, health inequities, health and immigration, environmental health, and public health history and ethics.

    Dani Filc, Ben Gurion University
    Dani Filc is a Full Professor at the Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University. He is the author of Hegemony and Populism in Israel (2006, in Hebrew), Circles of Exclusion: The Politics of Health-Care in Israel (2009) and The Political Right in Israel (2013).

    Shai J. Lavi, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law
    Shai J. Lavi is a Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University, where he is also director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. He is also the Executive Director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. His book, The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in the United States (2009), won the 2006 Distinguished Book Award in sociology of law from the American Sociological Association.


    Hagai Boas, Nadav Davidovitch, Yael Hashiloni-Dolev, Dani Filc, Shai J. Lavi, Benjamin Langer, Yoav Kenny, Hadas Ziv, Sagit Mor, Hedva Eyal, Adi Moreno, Himmat Zu'bi, Margherita Brusa, Yechiel Bar Ilan, Vardit Ravitsky, Ya'arit Bokek-Cohen, Aviad E. Raz, Roy Gilbar, Nili Karako-Eyal, Michael Weingarten, Haim Hazan, Raquel Romberg

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