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Social Sciences, Bioethics, and the Question of Population

Social Sciences, Bioethics, and the Question of Population Asian Bioethics Review (2021) 13:1–5 https://doi.org/10.1007/s41649-020-00162-y EDITORIAL NOTES Social Sciences, Bioethics, and the Question of Population 1 2 3 Anindita Majumdar & Paro Mishra & Ravinder Kaur Published online: 15 January 2021 National University of Singapore and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2021 The deep interconnections between biology, population politics, and ethics have been strongly brought to the fore by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has highlighted the ways in which governments and state machineries calculate, control, and manage entire populations and demographic groupings, akin to what Foucault refers to as ‘biopolitics’ (Burchell et al. 1991): through measures such as complete or partial lockdowns, contact tracing, clinical trials, and vaccination. These steps imme- diately raise several important ethical concerns around questions of discrimination, inequality, surveillance, security, privacy, right to healthcare, and social protection. In this special issue, we foreground the discussion of bioethics in relation to demography and population politics by focusing on the two most populous countries in the world, India and China. In the process, we seek to enhance our understanding of the ways in which biology is enmeshed with population politics and the nature of bioethical concerns this generates. In doing this, we are guided http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Bioethics Review Springer Journals

Social Sciences, Bioethics, and the Question of Population

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1793-8759
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10.1007/s41649-020-00162-y
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Asian Bioethics Review (2021) 13:1–5 https://doi.org/10.1007/s41649-020-00162-y EDITORIAL NOTES Social Sciences, Bioethics, and the Question of Population 1 2 3 Anindita Majumdar & Paro Mishra & Ravinder Kaur Published online: 15 January 2021 National University of Singapore and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2021 The deep interconnections between biology, population politics, and ethics have been strongly brought to the fore by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has highlighted the ways in which governments and state machineries calculate, control, and manage entire populations and demographic groupings, akin to what Foucault refers to as ‘biopolitics’ (Burchell et al. 1991): through measures such as complete or partial lockdowns, contact tracing, clinical trials, and vaccination. These steps imme- diately raise several important ethical concerns around questions of discrimination, inequality, surveillance, security, privacy, right to healthcare, and social protection. In this special issue, we foreground the discussion of bioethics in relation to demography and population politics by focusing on the two most populous countries in the world, India and China. In the process, we seek to enhance our understanding of the ways in which biology is enmeshed with population politics and the nature of bioethical concerns this generates. In doing this, we are guided

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Asian Bioethics ReviewSpringer Journals

Published: Jan 15, 2021

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