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Когато личното е политическо: принуда в името на автономията
When the Personal Is Political: Coercion in the Name of Autonomy

Author(s): Ina Dimitrova
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Social development, Social Theory, Studies in violence and power, Substance abuse and addiction, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН
Keywords: assisted suicide; selective abortion; non-voluntary action; paternalism

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is to discuss one conceptual contradiction in the arguments of the disability rights/critique perspective, concerning two crucial issues – selective abortion of fetuses, diagnosed with genetic condition, and assisted suicide. The argumentative scheme, employed by these scholars and activists, deserves close reading since, first, it has the potential to go beyond the disability rights debate and to play a positive role in the process of limiting the right to abortion. Second, because it makes visible one important theoretical problem, concerning autonomy and, particularly, the notion of (non-)voluntary action, which is in the focus of the debates on paternalism, which recently enjoys renewed attention.

  • Issue Year: 48/2016
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 120-129
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian