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Author Usborne, Cornelie, 1942-

Title Cultures of abortion in Weimar Germany / Cornelie Usborne.

Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  363.460943 USBO    DUE 02-01-20
Physical description xii, 284 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Series Monographs in German history ; v. 17.
Monographs in German history ; v. 17.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 260-277) and index.
Contents 1. Towards a Cultural History of Abortion -- 2. Cultural Representation: Abortion on Stage, Screen and in Fiction -- 3. Medical Termination of Pregnancy: Theory and Practice -- 4. Abortion in the Marketplace: Lay Practitioners and Doctors Compete -- 5. Women's Own Voices: Female Perceptions of Abortion -- 6. Abortion as an Everyday Experience In Village Life: A Case Study from Hesse -- 7. Abortion In Early Twentieth-century Germany: Continuity and Change.
Summary "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, doctors' 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 "a necessary evil," which needed strict regulation and medical control; or that all back-street abortions were dangerous and bad. Above all, the book reveals women's own voices, frequently contradictory and ambiguous: having internalized medical ideas they often also adhered to older notions of reproduction which opposed scientific approaches."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Abortion -- Germany -- History.
Abortion -- Social aspects -- Germany.
ISBN 9781845453893 (hardback : alk. paper)
1845453891 (hardback : alk. paper)