Foreword. 1. Theoretical Background. 2. Methodology. 3: Getting to Know the Field of Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany. 4. Genetic Counselors' Moral Practices. 5: Abortions on Embryopathic Grounds: Policy and Practice in Israel and Germany. 6: Sex Chromosome Anomalies (SCA) in Israel and Germany: Assessing 'Birth Defects' and Medical Risks According to the Importance of Fertility. 7. 'Wrongful Life', in the eyes of the law, the counselors and the disabled. 8: The Conflicts between Individuals, Families and Society, as well as between Different Family Members, Embodied in Reproductive Genetics. Conclusion. Epilogue. Appendix. Index.
This book presents the findings of a study into the social shaping of reproductive genetics in Germany and Israel. The study reveals dramatic differences between German and Israeli societies in addressing the question of a life (un)worthy of living. A close analysis of the ways that these two societies handle the balance between the quality and sanctity of life illuminates controversies over reproductive genetics in an original and provocative way.
Deals with cutting edge questions regarding human reproduction, genethics and the social application of new reproductive technologies
Develops new concepts for discussing present day genetic manipulations of life itself, and contributes to both academic and political discussions concerning the biopolitics of the beginning of life
Contributes to the social study of science and technology by arguing that different societies' adoption of repro-genetic technologies depends on local understandings of the concept of "life"
Feeds the ongoing debate about the balance between the value versus the quality of life