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Generation Z: “We are Young, Not Stupid”

Last year Giacomo Mazzariol, a 20-year-old Italian writer, was presenting his book in schools all over Italy, when he had the idea to develop a blog that could give “generation Z” (people born between 1995 and 2010) a space to have their voices heard. Indeed, although the school teachers he met described their students as… Read more »

Chasing “Normal”: When Do Scientific Representations of Autism Hinder the Search for Effective Interventions?

by Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, The City University of New York What do you really think autism is? When one autism researcher asked four other autism researchers this, our answers were strikingly different. Viewpoints on autism are as diverse as autism itself is. The label autism is applied to varied individuals, including people who never speak and… Read more »

Ethics and Psychiatric Genetics: Involving Minors in the Debate

Since I was accepted for a DPhil at the University of Oxford, I have enjoyed people’s expression of surprise when they hear that I am based in the Department of Psychiatry – what is a philosopher doing in the Department of Psychiatry? When I then add that my project focuses on the ethical implications of… Read more »

Ethnographies of Early Intervention: Maternal and Infant Health and Nutrition, and a case from Indonesia

Excerpt from the paper given at the Newton Fund Research Links workshop, held in Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia from August 28th to September 2nd 2016, and funded by the British Council. The value of ethnography for early intervention Over the past year, I have made a case for the value of qualitative methods to study early… Read more »

Early Intervention: Justice for babies?

When deliberating on the many claimed benefits for early intervention services a number of ethical questions arise: – Why should the government invest in early intervention programmes? – Why is early intervention ‘right’? – Why is early intervention ‘good’? These inquiries seek to uncover the arguments behind the current UK government’s commitment to early intervention.… Read more »