Bioethics, Difference and Rights
2004 (English)In: Linking Visions: Feminist Bioethics, Human Rights, and the Developing World / [ed] Tong R. Donchin A & Dodds S., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004, 57-73 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Recently, it has become fashionable to highlight cultural and ethnic issues in bioethics and to argue that they should be clinically and ethically salient. In this essay, I identify two main strategies used to defend this view, and address the issues raised by them by focusing on Hispanic patients. In the first section of this essay, I describe some empirical research on Hispanic patients, some of the assumptions underlying its conclusions, and discuss some ethical issues raised by the prevalence of stereotyping and generalizing about minorities. In the second section, I indicate the limitations of the prevailing essentialist thinking on ethnicity and culture and suggest alternative directions for future research. In the third and final section, I advance the argument that even if stereotyping and essentialist thinking are avoided, respect for cultural and ethnic differences is morally defensible only when it is compatible with the acknowledgment of fundamental rights.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004. 57-73 p.
Research subject Bioethics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317277ISBN: 0-7425-3278-X (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-317277DiVA: diva2:1080925