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"Ethics was here" : studying the language-games of ethics in the case of UK Biobank

Hoeyer, Klaus and Tutton, Richard (2005) "Ethics was here" : studying the language-games of ethics in the case of UK Biobank. Critical Public Health, 15 (4). pp. 385-397. ISSN 0958-1596

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Recent years have seen a proliferation in discourses on ethics, not least in relation to the establishment of large genetic databases, so-called biobanks. Through an analysis of UK Biobank and its so-called Ethics and Governance Framework, this paper suggests viewing the increased attention paid to ethics as part of a special mode of regulation created through what Wittgenstein called language-games. This article outlines selected aspects of this mode of regulation focusing on its political implications, namely in relation to (1) the representation of individual choice, (2) the use of public consultation, (3) the effects of ethical discourses on the establishment of regimes for property exchange, (4) and changing conceptions of governance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Public Health
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethics ; biobanks ; governance ; policy making ; language-games
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 51399
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2011 11:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 03:20
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