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Abortion before Birth Control: The Politics of Reproduction in Postwar Japan / Edition 1

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"Although others have written about birth control in post-war Japan, Norgren succeeds in offering the most persuasive historical and political account of the issue to date. Not content to offer a monocausal explanation, Norgren astutely periodizes the various debates and offers a number of surprises. This work not only illuminates the complexities surrounding debates over reproductive policies, but also will compel rethinking about feminist politics and policymaking, as well as tell us new things about political activism by the medical establishment."—Sheldon Garon, Princeton University

"Abortion Before Birth Control is rich in information and a joy to read. Its careful, historical investigation of the political record underlying the abortion debate in Japan in the context of sterilization and birth control legislation provides a crucial cross-policy analysis as a foundation to its insightful cross-cultural perspectives."—Eileen McDonagh, Northeastern University

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American Historical Review - Elise K. Tipton
A thorough history of the shifting historical circumstances and the interest-group configurations that have affected birth control policies since World War II.
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"A thorough history of the shifting historical circumstances and the interest-group configurations that have affected birth control policies since World War II."—Elise K. Tipton, American Historical Review
American Historical Review
A thorough history of the shifting historical circumstances and the interest-group configurations that have affected birth control policies since World War II.
— Elise K. Tipton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691070056
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2001
  • Series: Studies of the East Asian Institute Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Abbreviations xv
CHAPTER ONE: Introduction 3
CHAPTFR TWO: The Politics of interests 12
CHAPTER THREE: For the Good of the Nation: Prewar Abortion and Contraception Policy 22
CHAPTFR FOUR: Japan Legalizes Abortion: The Intersection of National and Professional interests 36
CHAPTER FIVE: The Politics of Abortion: Movements to Revise the Eugenic Protection Law (1952-2000) 53
CHAPTER SIX: Abortion before Birth Control: Japanese Contraception Policy (1945-1960) 83
CHAPTER SEVEN: The Politics of the Pill (1955-2000) 103
CRAPTER EIGHT: Conclusion 133
Appendix 139
Notes 159
Bibliography 217
Index 233

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