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Bioethics Around the Globe$
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Catherine Myser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195386097.001.0001

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The Social Functions of Bioethics in South Africa

The Social Functions of Bioethics in South Africa

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(p.134) 9 The Social Functions of Bioethics in South Africa
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Bioethics Around the Globe
Author(s):

Anton A. van Niekerk

Solomon R. Benatar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195386097.003.0009

This chapter focuses on South African bioethics, which originated as the “spillover” from British and European academic institutions as a result of its colonial past. South African bioethics are linked to indigenous concerns and takes on social functions that advance on local social, political, and humanitarian concerns. It highlights the apartheid state as a repressive, authoritarian society under which public and professional debates on ethics are limited, and the death of Steve Biko as a significant turning point to the indigenization of South African bioethics.

Keywords:   African bioethics, South African bioethics, apartheid state, Steve Biko, authoritarian society

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