Global bioethics – myth or reality?

BMC Medical Ethics 7 (1):1-10 (2006)
Background There has been debate on whether a global or unified field of bioethics exists. If bioethics is a unified global field, or at the very least a closely shared way of thinking, then we should expect bioethicists to behave the same way in their academic activities anywhere in the world. This paper investigates whether there is a 'global bioethics' in the sense of a unified academic community. Methods To address this question, we study the web-linking patterns of bioethics institutions, the citation patterns of bioethics papers and the buying patterns of bioethics books. Results All three analyses indicate that there are geographical and institutional differences in the academic behavior of bioethicists and bioethics institutions. Conclusion These exploratory studies support the position that there is no unified global field of bioethics. This is a problem if the only reason is parochialism. But these regional differences are probably of less concern if one notices that bioethics comes in many not always mutually understandable dialects.
Keywords info:mesh/Sociology  info:mesh/Publishing  info:mesh/United States  info:mesh/Bioethics  info:mesh/Universities  info:mesh/Interprofessional Relations  info:mesh/Ethicists  info:mesh/Internet  info:mesh/Great Britain  Advisory Committees   Bibliometrics   Bioethical Issues   Bioethics   Books   Databases, Bibliographic   Ethicists   Great Britain   Internationality   Internet   Interprofessional Relations   Publishing   Sociology   Textbooks as Topic   United States   Universities  info:mesh/Textbooks as Topic  info:mesh/Internationality  info:mesh/Advisory Committees  info:mesh/Bibliometrics  info:mesh/Databases, Bibliographic  info:mesh/Books  info:mesh/Bioethical Issues
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DOI 10.1186/1472-6939-7-10
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