The Pro-Choice Movement : Organization and Activism in the Abortion Conflict
In this highly-praised analysis of the controversial pro-choice movement, Suzanne Staggenborg traces the development of the movement from its origins through the 1980s. She shows how a small group of activists were able to build on the momentum created by other social movements of the 1960s to win their cause-the legalization of abortion in 1973-and argues that professional leadership and formal organizational structures, together with threats from the anti-abortion movement and grass-roots support, enabled the pro-choice movement to remain an active force even after their primary goal had been achieved.
- Paperback | 244 pages
- 154.9 x 233.2 x 20.1mm | 437.93g
- 10 Mar 1994
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- Revised ed.
Back cover copy
'The Pro-Choice Movement provides the most richly detailed and nuanced narrative of the strategies and tactics of prochoice organizations available. It is also one of the first works written by a scholar (rather than an activist, journalist, or freelance writer) chronicling activities of the prochoice movement.'
`a meticulously researched exemplar of historical sociology' American Journal of Sociology `The Pro-Choice Movement provides the most richly detailed and nunaced narrative of the strategies and tacticsof pro-choice organizations available. It is also one of the first works written by a scholar (rather than an activist, journalist, or freelance writer) chronicling the activities of the pro-choice movement.' American Political Science Review
About Suzanne Staggenborg
Suzanne Staggenborg is Associate Professor of Sociology at McGill University.