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Let Us Make Perfect Children - The Rhetorical Concept Of Obligation In Eugenics Movements

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Examining the concept of obligation in historical eugenics movements provides a cautionary diagnostic tool for the liberal eugenics movement. To see how this challenging obligation rhetoric plays into the social and legal aspects of medicine, I analyze both past and present eugenics movements and demonstrate that narratives of obligation are present in all eugenics movements. By looking at the interplay of obligation and perfection, one will be able to develop tools for ethical decision-making for today and the future. Genetic technologies are advancing at a disquieting rate, surpassing both our legal and ethical means to establish safeguards quickly. This thesis on the rhetoric of obligation assists in developing a framework for ethical practices that can account for these continuing technical advancements.
subject
Bioethics
Liberal Eugenics
Nazi Eugenics
Obligation
Perfection
Rhetoric
contributor
Arnold, Birgit (author)
Hyde, Michael J. (committee chair)
Von Burg, Ron (committee member)
Robeson, Richard (committee member)
date
2013-06-06T21:19:25Z (accessioned)
2013-06-06T21:19:25Z (available)
2013 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/38529 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Let Us Make Perfect Children - The Rhetorical Concept Of Obligation In Eugenics Movements
type
Thesis

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