INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES SOCIALES DE AMERICA LATINA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
capítulos de libros
Revisiting vulnerability: its development and impact
Controversies in Latin American Bioethics
Año: 2019; p. 67 - 81
The concept of vulnerability has been widely used in research ethics and in public health ethics, However, it is a slippery concept. In this article I will introduce my view of the concept of vulnerability. I first explain why I think the traditional approach to vulnerability is incorrect and present some of the criticisms that this concept has generated. I then introduce the metaphor of layers in response to to those concerns, as well as point out how the layered view of vulnerability has impacted academic research ethics and recent guidelines. Finally, I present my current ideas regarding a possible way of going further and working with layers of vulnerabilities. To that end, I discuss the notion of ?cascade-vulnerability? and underscore the dispositional character of layers and the relevance of the stimulus condition. I include both distinctions in a two-step process of analysis that can contribute to the work of researchers, research ethics committees and policy designers in the case of public health.