The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States

The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States

by Gene Burns
     
 

Why have legislative initiatives occurred on such controversial issues as contraception and abortion at times when activist movements had demobilized and the public seemed indifferent? Why did the South - currently a region where antiabortion sentiment is stronger than in most of the country - liberalize its abortion laws in the 1960s at a faster pace than any other… See more details below

Overview

Why have legislative initiatives occurred on such controversial issues as contraception and abortion at times when activist movements had demobilized and the public seemed indifferent? Why did the South - currently a region where antiabortion sentiment is stronger than in most of the country - liberalize its abortion laws in the 1960s at a faster pace than any other region? Why have abortion and contraception sometimes been framed as matters of medical practice, and at other times as matters of moral significance? These are some of the questions addressed in The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States. Based on archival and sociological research, and speaking to issues in the study of culture, social movements, and legal change, The Moral Veto examines what the history of controversies over such morally charged issues tells us about cultural pluralism in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521552097
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Gene Burns is an award-winning teacher and associate professor of public affairs at James Madison College, of Michigan State University. A sociologist by training, he is the author of The Frontiers of Catholicism: The Politics of Ideology in a Liberal World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1993. He has written articles on social movements, revolutions, and the politics of religion in the American Journal of Sociology, Theory and Society, Sociology of Religion, and other journals.

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Framing contraception within moral worldviews : the early, radical birth control movement29
3The mainstreaming of birth control : a new alliance with eugenics and medicine69
4Dennett's moral worldview and the Catholic moral veto : unsuccessful frames for contraception106
5Abortion before controversy : quiet reform within a medical, humanitarian frame150
6Abortion and legislative stalemate : the weakness and strength of the medical, humanitarian frame207
7Looking back : limiting frames, moral vetoes, and cultural pluralism244

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