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‘Losing the plot’? Medical and activist discourses of contemporary genetics and disability

‘Losing the plot’? Medical and activist discourses of contemporary genetics and disability This paper highlights the absence of disability perspectives from research on the cultural construction of genetics. Specifically, it contrasts the discourse on disability emanating from the medical establishment, with the discourse on genetics emanating from the civil rights movement of disabled people. The rhetorical strategies of both positions are criticised, and greater communication and dialogue between different stakeholders in genetics is advocated. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Health & Illness Wiley

‘Losing the plot’? Medical and activist discourses of contemporary genetics and disability

Sociology of Health & Illness , Volume 21 (5) – Sep 1, 1999

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Blackwell Publishers Ltd/Editorial Board 1999
ISSN
0141-9889
eISSN
1467-9566
DOI
10.1111/1467-9566.00178
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Abstract

This paper highlights the absence of disability perspectives from research on the cultural construction of genetics. Specifically, it contrasts the discourse on disability emanating from the medical establishment, with the discourse on genetics emanating from the civil rights movement of disabled people. The rhetorical strategies of both positions are criticised, and greater communication and dialogue between different stakeholders in genetics is advocated.

Journal

Sociology of Health & IllnessWiley

Published: Sep 1, 1999

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