Property in the Body: Feminist Perspectives

Property in the Body: Feminist Perspectives

by Donna Dickenson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521867924

ISBN-13: 9780521867924

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521867924
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Law, Medicine and Ethics Series, #3
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; 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; Bibliography; Index.

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