A Fragmented Landscape

A Fragmented Landscape : Abortion Governance and Protest Logics in Europe

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Since 1945, even as European states have achieved ever-greater levels of economic integration, their social policy landscapes have proven remarkably varied. This is particularly true for contentious issues such as abortion, where different political institutions and social movements have produced a wide range of policy regimes. This volume provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary survey of the struggles over abortion rights. Drawing on national case studies from across the continent, it analyzes the strategies and discourses of groups seeking to liberalize or restrict reproductive rights, from the immediate postwar era to the present era of austerity politics, resurgent nationalism, and mass migration.
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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785334271
  • 9781785334276

Table of contents

Introduction Silvia De Zordo, Joanna Mishtal, and Lorena Anton PART I: PRO-ABORTION RIGHTS ACTIVISM, MOVEMENTS, STRATEGIES, AND PROTEST LOGICS Chapter 1. Legal and Political Discourses on Women's Right to Abortion Christina Zampas Chapter 2. Freeing Abortion in Sweden Annulla Linders and Danielle Bessett Chapter 3. Women's Liberation and the 'Right to choose': Struggling for Abortion in the United Kingdom and Switzerland Kristina Schulz and Leena Schmitter PART II: ANTI-ABORTION RIGHTS ACTIVISM, MOVEMENTS, STRATEGIES, AND PROTEST LOGICS Chapter 4. Contesting Abortion Rights in Contemporary Italy: Discourses and Practices of Pro-life Activism Claudia Mattalucci Chapter 5. Innocence and Demographic Crisis: Transposing Post-Abortion Syndrome into a Russian Orthodox Key Sonja Luehrmann Chapter 6. Still a Woman's Right? Feminist and Other Discourses in Belgium's Abortion Struggles Karen Celis and Gily Coene PART III: HEALTH PROFESSIONALS'/PROVIDERS' INVOLVEMENT IN THE PRO- OR ANTI-ABORTION RIGHTS DEBATE AND ACCESS TO SERVICES Chapter 7. 'Good doctors do not object': Obstetricians-Gynaecolosists' Perspectives on Conscientious Objection to Abortion Care and their Engagement with Pro-abortion Rights Protests in Italy Silvia de Zordo Chapter 8. Women Rights or Unborn Rights? Laws and Loopholes In Madrid's Public Healthcare Services Abortion Provision to Migrant Women Beatriz Martin Aragon Chapter 9. One Step Forward and Two Steps Back: Accessing Abortion in Norway Mette Lokeland PART IV: PRONATALISM, NATIONALISM, AND RESISTANCE IN ABORTION POLITICS AND ACCESS TO ABORTION SERVICES Chapter 10. For the Good of the Nation: Pronatalism and Abortion Ban during Ceausescu's Romania Lorena Anton Chapter 11. Quietly 'Beating the System': The Logics of Protest and Resistance under the Polish Abortion Ban Joanna Mishtal Chapter 12. Abortion Governance in the New Northern Ireland Robin Whitaker and Goretti Horgan Afterword: Reproductive Governance meets European Abortion Politics: The Challenge of Getting the Gaze Right Lynn M. Morgan Bibliography Acknowledgments Index
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Review quote

"This is an extremely important contribution to the literature on the policies and politics surrounding reproductive rights. It covers a range of historical developments and national contexts while developing multiple overarching themes in an accessible manner." * Jennifer Merchant, Universite Paris II
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About Silvia De Zordo

Silvia De Zordo is a Researcher at CORTH, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, and a member of the GRAPP and GENI research groups at the University of Barcelona. Her research interests encompass contraception, abortion and conscientious objection in Latin America and Europe. She has recently been awarded an ERC Starting Grant to study the impact on women of barriers to legal abortion in Europe. Joanna Mishtal is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. Her research examines reproductive rights, health, and policies in Poland, and in the context of EU governance. Her book The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland was published by Ohio University Press in 2015. Lorena Anton is a Marie Curie Fellow in social anthropology at the University of Bucharest (2013-2017), where she develops a project on abortion governance in post-communist Romania. Recent publications include 'On n'en parlera jamais de tout ca! Ethnographier la memoire de l'avortement en Roumanie de Ceausescu', in Ethnologie Francaise (2014) and the 'Cultural Memory' entry in Protest Cultures: A Companion (eds. Fahlenbrach et al., Berghahn Books).
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