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Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood / Edition 1

Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood / Edition 1

by Kristin Luker
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In this important study of the abortion controversy in the United States, Kristin Luker examines the issues, people, and beliefs on both sides of the abortion conflict. She draws data from twenty years of public documents and newspaper accounts, as well as over two hundred interviews with both pro-life and pro-choice activists. She argues that moral positions on abortion are intimately tied to views on sexual behavior, the care of children, family life, technology, and the importance of the individual.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520055971
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/04/1985
Series: California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 748,814
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kristin Luker is Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She is also the author of Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy (1996) and, with Jean Fox O'Barr, Feminism in Action: Building
Institutions and Community through Women's Studies

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Medicine and Morality in the Nineteenth Century
3 The Century of Silence
4 Abortion Reform: The Professionals' Dilemma
5 Women and the Right to Abortion
6 The Emergence of the Right-to-Life Movement
7 World Views of the Activists
8 Motherhood and Morality in America
9 The Future of the Debate
Appendix 1: Methodology
Appendix 2: Tables

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