Abortion and Ireland

How the 8th Was Overthrown

Authors: Ralph, David

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  • Provides both a look back at how the stunning Repeal victory was achieved as well as offering a glimpse forward for those still struggling to achieve reproductive rights elsewhere
  • Traces the history of the silencing of women’s voices around abortion in Ireland
  • Analyses the emergence of first-person abortion story sharing
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This book asks the crucial question of how it came to pass that on the 25 May 2018, the Irish electorate voted by a landslide in favour of changing its abortion legislation that, for the previous thirty-five years, had been one of the most restrictive regimes in Europe. The author shows how, alongside traditional campaigning tactics such as street demonstrations, door-to-door canvassing, and the distribution of pro-choice merchandise and information leaflets, a key strategy of pro-choice advocacy groups was to encourage first-person abortion story-sharing by women in their efforts to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which had effectively banned abortion provision in the country. The book argues that a normalizing of abortion talk took place in the lead-up to the referendum, with women speaking publicly in unprecedented numbers about their abortion histories. These women storytellers were mirroring certain pro-choice movements in other contexts, where a new ‘sound it loud, say it proud’ narrative around abortion experiences has emerged as a central contemporary strategy for destigmatizing abortion discourse.

Students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including law, gender studies, sociology, and human geography, will find this book of interest.


About the authors

David Ralph is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is the author of Work, Family and Commuting in Europe (Palgrave, 2015). 

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A vivid and bracing story of Irish women’s successful struggle to overturn their country’s prohibition on abortion. Abortion and Ireland recounts the longstanding effort by the Irish church and state to regulate women’s reproductive lives. Ralph shows the power of women’s public testimonies about untenable pregnancies and extralegal abortions in shaping the popular vote.
Jeanne Marecek, Swarthmore College, USA

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook 42,79 €
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  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 49,99 €
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Abortion and Ireland
Book Subtitle
How the 8th Was Overthrown
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-58692-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-58692-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-58691-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 133
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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