Ulrik Kihlbom will contribute to the Summerschool “What about the Family?”

Ulrik Kihlbom will contribute to the Summerschool “What about the Family?”

Ulrik Kihlbom is Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics at Uppsala University’s Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB).He is part of the Mind the Risk team and responsible for the course in Medical Ethics and Medical Law at the Uppsala University Medical School. He is also responsible for an advanced-level course on Public Health Ethics. His research has focused on the issue of how bioethics can be empirically informed and contextually relevant, both in theoretical projects as well as in clinically-oriented projects. The theoretical issues concern ethical particularism, family ethics, autonomy and informed consent, and risk. His more clinically-oriented projects include work on reproductive ethics, participation in Phase 1 and 3 cancer clinical trials, risk information to acute myeloid leukemia patients as well as the role of family members and close ones in health-care decisions.

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Bloomsbury Collections – Families – Beyond the Nuclear Ideal

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coverBloomsbury Collections – Families – Beyond the Nuclear Ideal.

This book examines, through a multi-disciplinary lens, the possibilities offered by relationships and family forms that challenge the nuclear family ideal, and some of the arguments that recommend or disqualify these as legitimate units in our societies.

That children should be conceived naturally, born to and raised by their two young, heterosexual, married to each other, genetic parents; that this relationship between parents is also the ideal relationship between romantic or sexual partners; and that romance and sexual intimacy ought to be at the core of our closest personal relationships – all these elements converge towards the ideal of the nuclear family.

The authors consider a range of relationship and family structures that depart from this ideal: polyamory and polygamy, single and polyparenting, parenting by gay and lesbian couples, as well as families created through current and prospective modes of assisted human reproduction such as surrogate motherhood, donor insemination, and reproductive cloning.