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The case of pre-natal diagnosis

Lesnik-Oberstein, K. (2015) The case of pre-natal diagnosis. In: Lesnik-Oberstein, K. (ed.) Rethinking Disability Theory and Practice: Challenging Essentialism. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 6-19. ISBN 9781137456960

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Abstract/Summary

This chapter reconsiders critiques of pre-natal diagnosis in Disability Studies. Underlying assumptions about reproductive technologies are analysed to demonstrate that while many critiques of pre-natal diagnosis by Disability activists and theorists are concerned about children being the product of 'choice' through the selective effects of pre-natal diagnosis, the issue that reproductive technologies (such as IVF) themselves necessarily always already rely on 'choice' -- namely the choice for a 'biological' or 'own' child (different terms are used) -- is nowhere considered. The chapter considers several consequences of thinking through this issue and its implications.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:40534
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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