Women have been able to have abortions legally for over 30 years. Yet few books have considered it as anything other than a health issue. Mary Boyle breaks this mould by considering the constructions of abortion in Western society. Drawing on ideas from sociology, politics, anthropology and law as well as psychology, she shows how abortion is linked to sexual behaviour and motherhood in the complex web of gender and power relations.
This book will be of interest to all those engaged with feminist thinking, whether as student, academic, or professional in practice.
Acknowledgements. Introduction: Psychology and Abortion. Abortion Legislation. The Abortion Debates: Mothrhood, Morality and the Sanctity of Life. The Abortion Debates: The Medical Profession and Abortion. Contraception and Abortion. The Experience of Abortion. Psychology, Abortion and Social Policy.
This series brings together current theory and research on women and psychology. Drawing on scholarship from a number of different areas of psychology, it bridges the gap between abstract research and the reality of women's lives by integrating theory and practice, research and policy.
Each book addresses a 'cutting edge' issue of research, covering topics such as postnatal depression and eating disorders, and addressing a wide range of theories and methodologies.
The series provides accessible and concise accounts of key issues in the study of women and psychology, and clearly demonstrates the centrality of psychology debates within women's studies or feminism.