By Yael Hashiloni-Dolev
This ebook provides the findings of a learn into the social shaping of reproductive genetics in Germany and Israel, really attention-grabbing social settings, which percentage a hectic background.
Based on quite a few empirical fabrics (including in-depth interviews with genetic counsellors and survey information on their practices and evaluations, in addition to research of criminal, non secular, expert and media texts), the research finds dramatic modifications among the way in which that the German and Israeli societies tackle the query of a existence (un)worthy of residing: whereas in Germany, social, cultural, non secular and felony stipulations limit the choice of embryos in keeping with prenatal analysis, in Israel they strongly inspire it.
A shut comparative research of the ways in which those societies deal with the fragile stability among the standard and sanctity of lifestyles illuminates the debate round reproductive genetics in an unique and provocative manner. The research is usually leading edge in its use of latest social conception about the politics of existence in comprehending the variations among societies situated at contrary extremes of their adoption of reproductive genetics. It therefore deals an unique cross-cultural dialogue referring to present-day techno-medical manipulations of lifestyles itself.
‘This is a special and brave e-book. Yael Hashiloni-Dolev studied the sector of reproductive genetics in Israel and Germany, and located out that whereas in Germany social, cultural, criminal and spiritual stipulations limit the choice of embryos in line with prenatal analysis, it truly is strongly inspired in Israel. This unforeseen discovering is brilliantly analyzed via the writer. therefore this wonderful e-book has to be learn and mentioned by way of social scientists, human geneticists, genetic counsellors, bio ethicists and scientific students.'
Benno Müller – Hill, Dr. rer. nat. em. Prof. on the Institute of Genetics of the college of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
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Additional resources for A Life (Un)Worthy of Living: Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany
In Israel, during the 5 years of my research I collected every mention of reproductive genetics, either in newspapers or the electronic media. Whenever I missed out on some reports, there were always colleagues, friends and family members familiar with the topic of my research who guided me to the relevant materials. Thus, although the collection of materials 4 In the mid 90s, East German counselors made up about 20% of the German geneticists population, (See Cohen, Wertz, Nippert and Wolff, 1997).
Rather, I will provide a thick description (Geertz, 1973) of the culture of medical genetics in the two nations under study, as it is manifested in shared symbolic systems such as legal decisions, religious doctrine, public discussion, counselor’s opinions, the opinions of the disabled and scientific mentalité. To sum up: in this book I will show how scientific and technological knowledge is being played out against a background of national differences. In order to do that, I turn the focus to cultural logics of justification and to the moral discourse concerning the application of genetic methods during pregnancy in two nations, which is part of a larger question about the cultural meaning of “life” in our technological era.
This kind of study is important because social practices tend to become institutionalized and reified (Berger and Luckman, 1967) and, as a result of this process, moral debate, which is the focus of this study, is blocked. The comparative analysis applied in this work helps to fight this tendency by taking a fresh look at what, from within specific cultures, seem to be solid practices that offer no alternatives. This results from the fact that the comparative method builds on the assumption that cultural differences help to unveil the taken for granted social order (Lamont, 1992), since by looking from the perspectives of two cultures, the researcher is supplied with vantage points that enable the estrangement of social attitudes and practices.
A Life (Un)Worthy of Living: Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany by Yael Hashiloni-Dolev