2005, English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: In one's own image : ethics and the reproduction of deafness Johnston, Trevor

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  • journal article
Published
  • Oxford University Press , 2005
Language
  • English

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Title
  • In one's own image: ethics and the reproduction of deafness
Author
  • Johnston, Trevor
Other Contributors
  • Macquarie University. Department of Linguistics
  • The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Education &​ Arts, School of Education
Published
  • Oxford University Press , 2005
Physical Description
  • journal article
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Summary
  • 11 page(s)
  • The ethics of the use of genetic screening and reproductive technologies to select against and for deafness is presented. It is argued that insofar as deafness is a disability it is ethical to act in such a way as to avoid the conception or birth of children with genetic or congenital deafness. The discovery and recognition of signing deaf communities as cultural and linguistic communities (minorities) does not alter this basic ethical position, although the consequences of widespread application of this technology appears destined to lead to the eventual disappearance of these communities. The argument that acting to avoid deafness is unethical because it will lead to the elimination of a linguistic or cultural group (genocide or ethnocide) or conversely that acting to ensure deafness is ethical, if not praiseworthy, can only be sustained if deafness is not regarded as a disability at all. I argue that the premise that deafness is not a disability of some sort is false and thus the claim that genetic selection against deafness is unethical is untenable. © The Author 2005. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
Language
  • English
Related Resource
  • Journal of deaf studies and deaf education, Vol. 10, Issue 4, p.406-416
  • http:/​/​doi.org/​10.1093/​deafed/​eni040
  • Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Vol. 10, no. 4, p. 426-441
  • Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Vol. 10, Issue 4, p. 426-441
Identifier
  • mq:5576
  • mq-rm-2005002088
  • oai:novaprd.newcastle.edu.au:uon:312
  • oai:novaprd.newcastle.edu.au:uon:3695
  • ISSN:1465-7325

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