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Cultures of Abortion in Weimar Germany (Electronic book text)
Cultures of Abortion in Weimar Germany (Electronic book text): Cornelie Usborne
Cultures of Abortion in Weimar Germany (Electronic book text): Cornelie Usborne

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Cultures of Abortion in Weimar Germany (Electronic book text)

Cornelie Usborne

Series: Monographs in German History

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Abortion in the Weimar Republic is a compelling subject since it provoked public debates and campaigns of an intensity rarely matched elsewhere. It proved so explosive because populationist, ecclesiastical and political concerns were heightened by cultural anxieties of a modernity in crisis. Based on an exceptionally rich source material (e.g., criminal court cases, doctorsOCO case books, personal diaries, feature films, plays and literary works), this study explores different attitudes and experiences of those women who sought to terminate an unwanted pregnancy and those who helped or hindered them. It analyzes the dichotomy between medical theory and practice, and questions common assumptions, i.e. that abortion was OC a necessary evil, OCO which needed strict regulation and medical control; or that all back-street abortions were dangerous and bad. Above all, the book reveals womenOCOs own voices, frequently contradictory and ambiguous: having internalized medical ideas they often also adhered to older notions of reproduction which opposed scientific approaches."


Imprint: Berghahn Books
Series: Monographs in German History
Release date: December 2007
Authors: Cornelie Usborne
Format: Electronic book text - Windows
ISBN-13: 978-0-85745-362-4
Barcode: 9780857453624
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-85745-362-9

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