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doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000339544.26880.ea
Abstracts: ISEE 20th Annual Conference, Pasadena, California, October 12-16, 2008: Plenary Sessions

How Differences in Power, World View and Styles of Decision Making Impact Decisions About Third World Environment

Nair, Indira PhD

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Vice Provost of Education; Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University.

Abstracts published in Epidemiology have been reviewed by the organizations of Epidemiology. Affliate Societies at whose meetings the abstracts have been accepted for presentation. These abstracts have not undergone review by the Editorial Board of Epidemiology.


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Decisions about responses to exposures of industrializing countries are made by a multiplicity of parties explicitly and implicitly, often closely intertwined with and even ruled by, economic interests of parties who are not real stakeholders in the ultimate consequences of the exposure. Cultural beliefs, practices and actions depend heavily on local cultures while decisions may be made or coerced by people with little understanding of local cultures and ways and heavily invested in an ethic of rationality and individualism. This talk discussed the ethics of inclusion, transfer of knowledge and practice using a framework of the ethic of care.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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