Guest Editors Patricia Kingori, Kristina Orfali and Raymond de Vries
Social Science & Medicine is seeking papers for a Special Issue that explores how the practical work of bioethics is undertaken in different cultural spaces.
Social science research on the globalization of biomedicine has described processes of adaption, appropriation and ‘localisation’, showing how biomedicine travels, survives, adapts, and is adopted in cross-cultural contexts; even among those whose cultural values which are opposed to the ideas associated with these new technologies. These accounts demonstrate that recipients of biomedicine are not passive actors, merely involved in its reproduction, but are active agents involved in producing locally appropriate variations.
Bioethics, the provider of the universal rules by which ‘ethical’ medical research should proceed, has also been adapted to different cultural and social contexts. Feminist critiques of bioethics, for example, show how nurses have adapted seemingly rigid bioethical principles to fit in the context of caring relationships. Other researchers suggest that bioethics can accommodate both communitarian and individualistic orientations and that it is aligned with different religious, social, legal, and ideological perspectives. These examples illustrate the malleability of bioethics and the actors involved in its production. They also redirect attention to the practices and instruments that allow bioethics to “work” in different social and cultural contexts, offering new insights into the multiple meanings of ethical practice.
In keeping with the international scope of Social Science & Medicine we are assembling a collection of papers that analyze bioethical practice in a number of different countries and in the wider international context. We are looking for empirical and theoretical contributions which make a novel contribution, to advance discussions of the practice of bioethics around the globe. In particular, this Special Issue will broaden the scope of existing approaches to bioethics by examining bioethical work at the following levels:
Micro – the everyday, “on the ground”, practice of bioethics.
Meso – institutional policies and practices that influence the way bioethics gets done.
Macro – the creation and implementation of national and international bioethics policies.
The Guest Editors of this Special Issue are Patricia Kingori (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), Kristina Orfali (Columbia University) and Raymond de Vries (University of Michigan). Please contact email@example.com for any queries regarding the Special Issue. The deadline for submissions is 31st January 2012. Authors should submit online at http://ees.elsevier.com/ssm/. When asked to choose article type, authors should stipulate ‘Special Issue: Bioethics’, and in the ‘Enter Comments’ box the title of the Special Issue should be inserted, plus any further acknowledgements. All submissions should meet Social Science & Medicine author guidelines (also available at http://ees.elsevier.com/ssm/).