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'What Do You Think about Genetic Medicine?' Facilitating Sociable Public Discourse on Developments in the New Genetics

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Barns, I and Schibeci, R and Davison, AG and Shaw, R, 'What Do You Think about Genetic Medicine?' Facilitating Sociable Public Discourse on Developments in the New Genetics, Science, Technology, & Human Values, 25, (3) pp. 283-308. ISSN 0162-2439 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/016224390002500302

Abstract

An important aspect of any meaningful public discussion about developments in gene technology is the provision of opportunities for interested publics to engage in sociable public discourse with other lay people and with experts. This article reports on a series of peer group conversations conducted in late 1996 and early 1997 with sixteen community groups in Perth, Western Australia, interested in gene therapy technology. With the case of cystic fibrosis as a particular focus, and using background resource material as a stimulus for discussion, the participating groups explored a range of value issues arising from the new genetic medicine. This more discursive context enabled participants to express a number of background or life-world concerns about genetic medicine, concerns that are often obscured by the dominant biomedical and bioethical discourses.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Policy and Administration
Research Field:Research, Science and Technology Policy
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Religion and Ethics
Objective Field:Bioethics
Author:Davison, AG (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
ID Code:29507
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2004-07-18
Last Modified:2004-07-18
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