Shelley Tremain on ‘the biopolitics of bioethics’

‘…the most effective forms of power enable people to act in order to constrain them…

Biopower operates through incremental normalization, coercing subjects who believe that they are autonomous and free, that their actions are freely chosen, uncoerced. It operates in accordance with the aims of neoliberal capitalism: efficiency, strength, productivity. It is both intentional and nonsubjective.

In short, it is biopower (and thus, biopolitics), I argue in my book, that conditions current debates in bioethics, including debates about reproductive freedom, prenatal testing, and selective abortion, enhancement, and (so-called) assisted dying.’

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