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Bioethics in Social Context
  • Barry Hoffmaster, The University of Western Ontario

"The problems of bioethics are embedded in people's lives and social worlds. They are shaped by individual biographies and relationships, by the ethos and institutions of health care, by economic and political pressures, by media depictions, and by the assumptions, beliefs, and values that permeate cultures and times. Yet these forces are largely ignored by a professional bioethics that concentrates on the theoretical justification of decisions.

The original essays in this volume use qualitative research methods to expose the multiple contexts within which the problems of bioethics arise, are defined and debated, and ultimately resolved. In a provocative concluding essay, one contributor asks his fellow ethnographers to reflect on the ethical problems of ethnography." (from online book description)

  • Bioethics,
  • Social science
Publication Date
Temple University Press
Publisher Statement

For a review of the book, see Bioethics, Vol. 17, No. 4 (2003), pp. 379-382.

Dr. Barry Hoffmaster was the editor of this book. It is not available online here. If you are affiliated with Western University, please use the Shared Library Catalogue's Classic Search to check whether the book is available in Western Libraries.

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Citation Information
Barry Hoffmaster. Bioethics in Social Context. Philadelphia(2001)
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