Re-thinking Abortion: Psychology, Gender, Power and the Law

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Women have been able to have abortions legally for over 30 years. Yet few books have considered it as anything other than a health issue. Mary Boyle breaks this mould by considering the constructions of abortion in Western society. Drawing on ideas from sociology, politics, anthropology and law as well as psychology, she shows how abortion is linked to sexual behaviour and motherhood in the complex web of gender and power relations.
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Women have been able to have abortions legally for over 30 years. Yet few books have considered it as anything other than a health issue. Mary Boyle breaks this mould by considering the constructions of abortion in Western society. Drawing on ideas from sociology, politics, anthropology and law as well as psychology, she shows how abortion is linked to sexual behaviour and motherhood in the complex web of gender and power relations.
This book will be of interest to all those engaged with feminist thinking, whether as student, academic, or professional in practice.

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Boyle (clinical psychology, U. of East London), examines many aspects of the abortion issue. Topics include the psychology of abortion, legislation, debates, the medical profession and abortion, contraception, social policies affecting abortion, and the experience of abortion. Boyle focuses on the gender imbalance caused by the fact that only women get abortions while primarily men decide whether or not they are legal, and argues that a psychological analysis of the abortion debate can increase understanding of why it arouses such strength and feeling. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415163651
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: Women and Psychology Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Boyle is Head of the Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. She has worked as a clinical psychologist and published widely on social influences on psychological and psychiatric theory.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction: Psychology and Abortion. Abortion Legislation. The Abortion Debates: Mothrhood, Morality and the Sanctity of Life. The Abortion Debates: The Medical Profession and Abortion. Contraception and Abortion. The Experience of Abortion. Psychology, Abortion and Social Policy.

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