Speaking of Abortion: Television and Authority in the Lives of Women

Speaking of Abortion: Television and Authority in the Lives of Women

by Andrea L. Press, Elizabeth R. Cole
     
 

Over four years, Andrea Press and Elizabeth Cole watched television with women, visiting city houses, suburban subdivisions, modern condominiums, and public housing projects. They found that television depicts abortion as a problem for the poor and the working classes, and that viewers invariably referred to and abided by class when discussing abortion. Speaking

Overview

Over four years, Andrea Press and Elizabeth Cole watched television with women, visiting city houses, suburban subdivisions, modern condominiums, and public housing projects. They found that television depicts abortion as a problem for the poor and the working classes, and that viewers invariably referred to and abided by class when discussing abortion. Speaking of Abortion is an invaluable resource that allows us to hear how ordinary women discuss one of America's most volatile issues.

Editorial Reviews

First Things
...anyone interested in how modern women view abortion and who perseveres in reading Speaking of Abortion will be richly rewarded...this book offers substantive insights into the abortion debate in America. In fact, for pro
—lifers interested in understanding women of different socioeconomic backgrounds, it should be required reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226680316
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Morality and Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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William A. Gamson
A wonderfully textured analysis of the complexity of women's thinking about abortion and how they negotiate meaning in interaction with television texts.
Myra Marx Ferree
It's positively daring to go into women's homes and allow them to speak to the politics of abortion in their own terms and on their own turf. The result is fascinating.
— Co-Author of Controversy and Coalition: The New Feminist Movement

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