Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the United States

Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the United States

by Myra Marx Ferree, William Anthony Gamson, Jurgen Gerhards, Dieter Rucht
     
 

Four sociologists, half from Germany and half from the United States, comparatively examine the use of rhetoric in the abortion debate in the two countries and the ability to present that rhetoric to the public. They examine the historical roots for the different framing of rhetoric, such as the divergent footing the two countries' high courts placed their abortion… See more details below

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Four sociologists, half from Germany and half from the United States, comparatively examine the use of rhetoric in the abortion debate in the two countries and the ability to present that rhetoric to the public. They examine the historical roots for the different framing of rhetoric, such as the divergent footing the two countries' high courts placed their abortion decisions upon. The ability of different actors to present their views through the media is then examined and the changing frames of the debate are analyzed. After this focus on cultural and institutional forces, they examine the ability of actors from the public sphere to insert themselves in the debate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521793841
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Communication, Society, and Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Foreword
Preface
Glossary
Pt. IIntroduction
1Two Related Stories3
2Historical Context24
3Methods45
Pt. IIMajor Outcomes
4The Discursive Opportunity Structure61
5Standing86
6Framing105
Pt. IIIRepresenting Different Constituencies
7Representing Women's Claims131
8Representing Religious Claims154
9Representing the Tradition of the Left179
Pt. IVThe Quality of Abortion Discourse
10Normative Criteria for the Public Sphere205
11Measuring the Quality of Discourse232
12Metatalk255
13Lessons for Democracy and the Public Sphere286
Methodological Appendix305
References325
Index339

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