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A Fragmented Landscape : Abortion Governance and Protest Logics in Europe

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Since World War II, abortion policies have remained remarkably varied across European nations, with struggles over abortion rights at the forefront of national politics. This volume analyses European abortion governance and explores how social movements, political groups, and individuals use protests and resistance to influence abortion policy. Drawing on case studies from Italy, Spain, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Union, it analyses the strategies and discourses of groups seeking to liberalise or restrict reproductive rights. It also illuminates the ways that reproductive rights politics intersect with demographic anxieties, as well as the rising nationalisms and xenophobia related to austerity policies, mass migration and the recent terrorist attacks in Europe.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16.26mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1789200717
  • 9781789200713
  • 2,206,134

Table of contents

Introduction
Silvia De Zordo, Joanna Mishtal, and Lorena AntonPART 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 edited volume does not only offer gender historians a rich source, but should also be of interest to historians of social movements and legal historians who have to face the fact that an expected process like `liberalization' is created by economic and material factors as well as subterranean techniques of subjectivization and does not reveal any direction but presents a constellation that can switch position any time." H-Soz-Kult
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About Silvia De Zordo

Silvia De Zordo is a Senior Researcher at the University of Barcelona (UB), Department of Anthropology.Joanna Mishtal is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida.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.
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