What makes us human? Are intellectually impaired people fully human and is ‘weak’ eugenics simply a form of human cleansing?
As rights to life and human worth are discussed via social media and within philosophy, sociology ought to engage with questions of human value. Intellectually impaired people are often not able to contribute economically to their community but does this mean their life is worth less than those who do? Is there a human hierarchy? These questions become ever more pertinent as the manipulation of cells at a micro level have the potential to eradicate certain disabilities so as to sanitise the human race or free people from disabling conditions? These are the sorts of questions we are looking to explore.
As a PhD candidate, you would engage with qualitative and philosophical research via narrative and visual forms of data collection to explore these challenging notions of human worth.