Abortion: Loss and Renewal in the Search for Identity [NOOK Book]

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The debate on abortion has tended to avoid the psychological significance of an unwanted pregnancy, dominated instead by the strong emotions the subject excites. In this book Eva Pattis Zoja examines the thoughts and feelings that surround the decision to end a

pregnancy, through the dreams, diary entries and reports of the women themselves.

Abortion proposes the controversial thesis that since contraception is so readily available that the ...

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Abortion: Loss and Renewal in the Search for Identity

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Overview

The debate on abortion has tended to avoid the psychological significance of an unwanted pregnancy, dominated instead by the strong emotions the subject excites. In this book Eva Pattis Zoja examines the thoughts and feelings that surround the decision to end a

pregnancy, through the dreams, diary entries and reports of the women themselves.

Abortion proposes the controversial thesis that since contraception is so readily available that the occurrence of unwanted pregnancy should become nil, abortion has now become a rite of passage in womanhood. While acknowledging the painful nature of the subject, the author

suggests that this decision to abort as a way to development is one beyond the explanation of modern, enlightened rationalism.

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Zoja, a Jungian analyst in private practice in Italy, examines the thoughts and feelings that surround the decision to end a pregnancy through the dreams, diary entries and reports of women themselves. She concludes that sometimes, a voluntary abortion can be an unconscious means of achieving a self-identity. Avoiding the pro choice/life debate, she looks at the symbolic and psychological dimensions of abortion, and the ways in which a decision to abort can affect a woman's inner life. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134735242
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/13/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 253 KB

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Abortion: A Non-Place 5
2 A Slip in Birth Control? 9
3 Anthropological Reflections 12
4 A Comparison 15
5 The Chronics 22
6 The Goals of an Abortion 27
7 Unconsciously Desired 31
8 Initiation and Maternity 51
9 Initiation and Abortion 58
10 Beyond the Mother: Artemis and Athena 64
11 Killing 69
12 Two Choices 77
13 A Sacrifice 98
14 The Guilt of Becoming an Adult 104
15 An Ulterior Threshold 110
16 Abortion and the Women's Movement 121
17 The Non-Father 132
18 The Escorts 135
Appendix I 142
Appendix II 146
Bibliography 148
Subject index 153
Index of names 161
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