Abortion Politics In The United States And Canada

Overview

This edited collection examines various aspects of the explosive abortion issue in the United States and Canada. In both countries, decisions of the national supreme court have made access to legal abortion easier than had previously been the case. This volume looks at the aftermath of Roe v. Wade in the U.S. and Morgantaler v. Regina in Canada. Individual chapters deal with the rhetoric of public discourse, public opinion at the mass level, political reasoning on the part of religious and pro-life activists, and...

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Overview

This edited collection examines various aspects of the explosive abortion issue in the United States and Canada. In both countries, decisions of the national supreme court have made access to legal abortion easier than had previously been the case. This volume looks at the aftermath of Roe v. Wade in the U.S. and Morgantaler v. Regina in Canada. Individual chapters deal with the rhetoric of public discourse, public opinion at the mass level, political reasoning on the part of religious and pro-life activists, and the role of religion in political socialization on the abortion issue. Methodologically, the volume includes survey research, content analysis, participant observation, and political theory. The list of contributors includes some of the leading political scientists and sociologists working in the field.

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Contains ten essays on beliefs surrounding the abortion controversy. Explores topics such as the body in late capitalism, conflicting beliefs and values about abortion within religious subgroups, abortion and the popular press, anti-abortion mobilization among religious activists, attitudes toward abortion and capital punishment, and a comparative study of public opinion in Canada and the US. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275945619
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/1994
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

TED G. JELEN is Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

MARTHE A. CHANDLER is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at DePauw University in Indiana.

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Table of Contents

1 The Body in Late Capitalism: An Introductory Sketch 1
2 Seeking a Sociologically Correct Name for Abortion Opponents 15
3 The Abortion Controversy: Conflicting Beliefs and Values in American Society and within Religious Subgroups 41
4 Abortion and the Popular Press: Mapping Media Discourse from Roe to Webster 57
5 "Where's the Land of Happy?" Individual Meaning and Collective Antiabortion Activism 89
6 Cut from the Whole Cloth: Antiabortion Mobilization among Religious Activists 107
7 Abortion in the United States and Canada: A Comparative Study of Public Opinion 131
8 The Structure of Attitudes toward Body Issues in the American and Canadian Populations: An Elementary Analysis 145
9 Attitudes toward Abortion and Capital Punishment: Prolife, Prochoice, Seamless Garment and Inconsistency 161
10 Conclusion: The Future of the Abortion Debate 185
References 195
Index 213
About the Contributors 221
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