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Nothing and Not-Nothing : Law's ambivalent response to transformation and transgression at the beginning of life

Ford, Mary (2009) Nothing and Not-Nothing : Law's ambivalent response to transformation and transgression at the beginning of life. In: The Legal, Medical and Cultural Regulation of the Body. Ashgate Publishing, pp. 21-46. ISBN 978-0-7546-7736-9

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Abstract

Analysis of the embryo and foetus as, ‘gothic’. This label is used to describe the characteristics of the embryo/foetus as an as yet unformed human being. Thus, it has also been regarded as, according to observers writing in the fields of sociology and cultural studies, monstrous, abhuman, and liminal. The embryo/foetus is also ‘gothic’, as it is by its very nature in the process of transforming. Thus, it is also seen as metamorphic, undifferentiated, fragmented, and permeable. As a result of this, Ford argues, the law has been able to reject and cast out this abnormal Other and permit abortion and embryo research and, in regard to neonates, the separation of the conjoined twins.

Item type: Book Section
ID code: 35303
Notes: e-isbn: 978-0-7546-9465-6
Keywords: medical law, foetus, human body, reproduction, bodily transformation , ethics, Law (General), Physiology, Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine , Law
Subjects: Law > Law (General)
Science > Physiology
Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Law > Law
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2011 12:49
Last modified: 06 Sep 2014 07:07
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/35303

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