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SKOK researcher with special issue: The Ethics of Biomedical Tourism

Donna McCormack, postdoctoral fellow at SKOK is co-editing the journal Somatechnics special issue on the ethics of biomedical tourism. In this special issue the ways bodies and their parts materialise as valuable resources that can be exchanged, sold or even disposed of is critically analysed.

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The ethics of biomedical tourism

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The  special issue begins with Judith Butler’s work on ethics to hone in on our desire to explore what it means to be indebted to others on a bodily level, especially for those who travel for what might be understood as health necessities. The authors want to critically analyse how bodies and their parts materialise as valuable resources that can be exchanged, sold or even disposed of. They want to think with Butler and extend her analysis to address what is at stake in contemporary forms of biomedical travel, tourism and migration; and to ask how contemporary biotechnological developments impact on bodily integrity and the assumed separation between self and other.

Somatechnics. Volume 5, Issue 1, Page 1-11, ISSN 2044-0138, Available Online March 2015

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