Commodification, Inequality, and Kidney Markets

Social Theory and Practice 44 (1):121-143 (2018)
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Abstract

People tend to be repulsed by the idea of cash markets in kidneys, but support the trading of kidneys through paired exchanges or chains. We reject anti-commodification accounts of this reaction and offer an egalitarian one. We argue that the morally significant difference between cash markets and kidney chains is that the former allow the wealthy greater access to kidneys, while the latter do not. The only problem with kidney chains is that they do not go far enough in addressing equality concerns, and we show how the introduction of cash payments by the state could remedy this.

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L. Chad Horne
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Vida Panitch
Carleton University

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