Interdisciplinary Views on Abortion: Essays from Philosophical, Sociological, Anthropological, Political, Health and Other Perspectives

Interdisciplinary Views on Abortion: Essays from Philosophical, Sociological, Anthropological, Political, Health and Other Perspectives

By: Susan A. Martinelli-Fernandez (editor), Lori Baker-Sperry (editor), Heather McIlvaine-Newsad (editor), Sue V. Rosser (foreword_author)Paperback

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This book traces issues surrounding abortion and abortion practices in the United States through the lens of multiple disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, philosophy, community health, theology, and political science. In so doing, it parallels the interdisciplinary nature of feminist and women's studies, situating the issue of abortion within a wider understanding of the impact of reproduction on women's lives and their health. The contributing authors provide an accessible summary of the issues surrounding the topic of abortion, and the essays reflect both original research and scholarly discourse on existing research and literature. The first three essays set forth theoretical issues from sociological, medical, and political points of view, discussing the evolution of the abortion debate in the United States along with a summary of various abortion methods from a health and medical perspective. The next essay, an anthropological case study of women's views on abortion and family planning in rural Illinois, serves as a bridge to the remaining essays - providing a turn from theory to academic practices. The remaining essays examine a number of topics, including a study of the popular novel and film "The Cider House Rules" as a litmus for social opinion and normative beliefs on modern abortion; the biological and theological concerns related to abortion within the context of the mind/body dualism of Western thought; a case study of an abortion that was psychologically problematic for one woman and the role of counseling in healing such problems; and, the plausibility of a feminist Kantian perspective in addressing quality of life issues and other moral considerations of abortion.

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Susan A. Martinelli-Fernandez is a professor of Philosophy and an associate dean of Western Illinois University's College of Arts and Sciences. Lori Baker-Sperry is an associate professor of Women's Studies at Western Illinois University. Her research focuses on the qualitative study of children and children's literature, particularly on issues of agency and socialization. Heather McIlvaine-Newsad is an associate professor of Anthropology at Western Illinois University. She teaches courses in cultural anthropology; applied anthropological methods; gender, race, and the environment; and disaster studies.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/04/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780786434947
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 215
  • ID: 9780786434947
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 0786434945

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