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Risk, parental autonomy and the epistemic divide: preimplantation genetic diagnosis in the Australian print news media, 1990-2007

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Brandenburg, K, Risk, parental autonomy and the epistemic divide: preimplantation genetic diagnosis in the Australian print news media, 1990-2007, New Genetics and Society, 30, (1) pp. 115-131. ISSN 1463-6778 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/14636778.2011.556710

Abstract

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a reproductive/genetic technology which has become the subject of public and scholarly debate because it involves the evaluation and consequent selection (and implantation) or destruction of human embryos. This research investigates the way PGD is constituted in the Australian print news media. Foucauldian discourse analysis reveals that proponents draw on their direct knowledge and experience of PGD to support their claims. There is an epistemic divide between consumers and others claiming direct knowledge, and critics and others drawing on indirect or abstract understandings of PGD. This divide characterizes the discourses present in the data and is directly linked to changes in these over the period under analysis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:preimplantation genetic diagnosis
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Brandenburg, K (Ms Kellie Brandenburg)
ID Code:67712
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-03-07
Last Modified:2017-11-30
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