In this authoritative volume, two senior scholars bring together the most important and current work on the new biopolitics. Aimed at students and scholars in the field, this intriguing volume addresses provocative and controversial issues surrounding race, gender, class, disability, privacy and notions of democracy in this new realm. For several decades, the field of bioethics has played a dominant role in shaping the way society thinks about ethical problems related to developments in science, technology, and medicine. But its traditional emphases on doctor-patient relationships, informed consent, and individual autonomy have led the field to lack responsiveness to the challenges posed by new human biotechnologies such as assisted reproduction, human genetic enhancement, and DNA forensics.
Beyond Bioethics provides a focused overview for those grappling with the profound social dilemmas posed by these developments. The book brings together the work of cutting-edge thinkers from diverse fields of study and public engagement, all of them committed to a new perspective grounded in social justice and public interest values. The contributors to this volume seek to define an emerging field of scholarly, policy, and public concern: a new biopolitics.
Osagie K. Obasogie is Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics in the Joint Medical Program in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.
Marcy Darnovsky is Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society.