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Narrating normalcy: disability, medicine and ethics commentary on Stowe et al

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Newman, C and Newell, CJ (2007) Narrating normalcy: disability, medicine and ethics commentary on Stowe et al. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 13 (2). pp. 65-68. ISSN 1188-9136

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Abstract

"[T]he challenge of the brave new world depends on how we will use science,
policy, history, and ethics" (Stowe, Turnbull, Schrandt, & Rack, this issue, p.
57). It is in this way that Stowe et al. conclude their simulating article, raising
significant issues. In addressing their important article, I would first suggest
that it is not so much how we will "use" science, policy, history, and ethics.
Rather, it is how we will, as moral actors and society, choose to shape them.
Second, the literature in the social sciences in general, and in particular those
in the history and philosophy of science, point to the way in which our
notions of science, policy, history and ethics are not static or value neutral.
Rather, they are shaped in accordance with power relations and social norms.
The literature in Critical Disability Studies points to the way in which such
knowledge systems may be seen as disabling (Oliver, 1996).

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal on Developmental Disabilities
Publisher: Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities
Page Range: pp. 65-68
ISSN: 1188-9136
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:11
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:33
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