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The Connected Self: The Ethics and Governance of the Genetic Individual (Cambridge Bioethics and Law) Hardcover – 17 Jan 2013

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107008603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107008601
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.8 cm
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'Widdows' argument … not only clearly demonstrates the need for new ways of thinking about contemporary issues in genetics and genomics, but also highlights the ways in which ethics itself co-evolves with science.' Ruth Chadwick, Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University and Director, Cesagen

'If bioethics is to be less blinkered, it needs a new approach - one that collects the required 'tools' and then applies them in a way that is responsive to the full range of material harms and goods. The Connected Self is a compelling read.' Roger Brownsword, Kings College London and Chair, UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council

'With a battery of philosophical arguments, Widdows soon convinces the reader that our current ethical framework, the choice model, has to go … Informative, scholarly and yet extremely accessible.' Lisa Bortolotti, Birmingham University

'In setting out how genetics makes ethical individualism redundant - itself an important and timely argument - Heather Widdows at the same time puts neo-liberal 'morality' firmly in its place.' Bob Brecher, University of Brighton

'Provides a strong and urgently needed call to 'clean up our act' as regards the ethical governance of genetics … Reading this book reminded me why I became an ethicist.' Sigrid Sterckx, Ghent University

'As with all good ethicists, Widdows takes on the ambitious, substantive, and difficult task of offering a foundation for ethical inquiry. Her main contention is that individualistic ethical frameworks are fundamentally flawed because individuals are incomplete, and are best understood as parts of a community.' William Simkulet, Metapsychology Online Reviews

'In short, there is plenty of room for piqued interests. Perhaps this is ultimately what Widdows wants, and in this sense, The Connected Self shines. Its message is valuable and forces you to think. For our individual and common good, may it ignite impassioned bioethical debate.' Edward S. Dove, New Genetics and Society

'The richness of Widdows' analyses is clear. Her reflections and insights for genetic governance in The Connected Self should be recommended to emerging practitioners in genomics, law and/or health policy. No doubt, the book makes a valuable contribution to the movement towards a more inclusionary, reflexive and contextually embedded bioethics for genetic governance.' Vasiliki Rahimzadeh, Bioéthique Online (bioethiqueonline.ca)

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The genetic self is the connected self. Dominant ethical frameworks – particularly those of choice and consent – fail to recognise this. Accordingly, ethical practices offer little protection and permit significant injustice. New frameworks of ethics and governance are needed which respect relationships and groups as well as common and public goods.

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