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    Cultural translation, human meaning, and genes: why interpretation matters in psychiatric genomics

    Kong, Camillia (2019) Cultural translation, human meaning, and genes: why interpretation matters in psychiatric genomics. In: Frimpong-Mansoh, Y.A. and Atuire, C.A. (eds.) Bioethics in Africa: Theories and Praxis. Vernon Series in Philosophy. Vernon Press. ISBN 9781622734597. (In Press)

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    Book synopsis: Bioethics urges us to question and debate fundamental moral issues that arise in health-related sciences. However, as a result of Western dominance and globalization, bioethical thinking and practice has inevitably been shaped and defined by Western theories. With recent discussions centering on the relationship between culture and bioethics, it is important to consider how and to what extent can bioethics reflect and accommodate non-Western values and beliefs? Debatably, many scholars working in the field of ‘African bioethics’ seek to construct a bioethical practice that is grounded in indigenous African values. Yet, how relevant are ancient African cultural norms to the lives and realities of the 21st century Sub-Saharan-Africans? This edited volume explores bioethics in Africa from pluralistic and inter-cultural perspectives. The selected papers offer diverse theoretical and practical perspectives on the bioethical challenges that are common and specific to the lives of Sub-Sahara Africans. The contributors define bioethics broadly (beyond ethical issues relating to biomedical and biotechnological science) to include applied ethics that concern all aspects of life. Multidisciplinary in approach, the contributions to this book consider bioethics in relation to philosophy, social work, psychiatry, African studies, religious studies, psychology, and medicine. The broad scope of this volume means it will be of interest to those studying and working in bioethics as well as the fields mentioned above.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Camillia Kong
    Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2019 07:44
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 02:20
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/25445

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