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Capitalism's new handmaiden : the biotechnical world negotiated through children's fiction

Sawers, Naarah 2009, Capitalism's new handmaiden : the biotechnical world negotiated through children's fiction, Children's literature in education, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 169-179, doi: 10.1007/s10583-009-9088-x.

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Title Capitalism's new handmaiden : the biotechnical world negotiated through children's fiction
Author(s) Sawers, Naarah
Journal name Children's literature in education
Volume number 40
Issue number 3
Start page 169
End page 179
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 0045-6713
1573-1693
Keyword(s) Bioethics
Subjectivity
Agency
Posthuman
Autonomy
Affectivity
Organ transplantation
Summary In an era when the merger between capitalism and science becomes an accepted norm, new questions need to be asked about the ethical implications of scientific practices. One such practice is organ transplantation. However, potent debates surround the just distribution and ethical implications of organ transplantation. This paper examines the ways in which children are socialised through children’s literature to accept or challenge the dominant ideologies underpinning organ transplantation. It argues that how subjectivity is constructed informs understandings of agency, and this in turn can deliver new approaches to concerns about scientific practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10583-009-9088-x
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018422

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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