Gift Guide

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

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $2.16
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $2.16   
  • New (8) from $2.16   
  • Used (3) from $2.91   


"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

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
"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
Read More Show Less

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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)