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Author Norgren, Christiana A. E., 1970-
Title Abortion before birth control : the politics of reproduction in postwar Japan / Tiana Norgren.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2001.

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Author Norgren, Christiana A. E., 1970-
Series Studies of the East Asian Institute
Studies of the East Asian Institute.
Subject Abortion -- Japan.
Birth control -- Government policy -- Japan.
Family size -- Japan.
Women -- Japan -- Social conditions.
Japan -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Contraceptive Agents, Female.
Social Control Policies.
Human Rights.
History.
Abortion, Induced.
Reproductive Techniques.
Industry.
Social Sciences.
Persons
Organizations.
History, Modern 1601-.
Social Control, Formal.
Policy.
Health Care Economics and Organizations
Contraceptive Agents.
Obstetric Surgical Procedures.
Humanities.
Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena
Named Groups
Technology, Industry, and Agriculture
Therapeutics.
Reproductive Control Agents.
Sociology.
Delivery of Health Care.
Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment
Surgical Procedures, Operative.
Technology, Industry, Agriculture
Therapeutic Uses
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions
Chemical Actions and Uses
Chemicals and Drugs
Consumer Organizations.
Contraceptives, Oral.
Disabled Persons.
History, 20th Century.
Public Policy.
Legislation as Topic.
Abortion, Legal.
Women's Rights.
Abortion, Eugenic.
History of Medicine.
Contraception.
Drug Industry.
Politics.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 242 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-231) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Politics of Interests -- Ch. 3. For the Good of the Nation: Prewar Abortion and Contraception Policy -- Ch. 4. Japan Legalizes Abortion: The Intersection of National and Professional Interests -- Ch. 5. The Politics of Abortion: Movements to Revise the Eugenic Protection Law (1952-2000) -- Ch. 6. Abortion before Birth Control: Japanese Contraception Policy (1945-1960) -- Ch. 7. The Politics of the Pill (1955-2000) -- Ch. 8. Conclusion.
Note English.
Summary Why has postwar Japanese abortion policy been relatively progressive, while contraception policy has been relatively conservative? The Japanese government legalized abortion in 1948 but did not approve the pill until 1999. In this carefully researched study, Tiana Norgren argues that these contradictory policies flowed from very different historical circumstances and interest group configurations. Doctors and family planners used a small window of opportunity during the Occupation to legalize abortion, and afterwards, doctors and women battled religious groups to uphold the law. The pill, on the other hand, first appeared at an inauspicious moment in history. Until circumstances began to change in the mid-1980s, the pharmaceutical industry was the pill's lone champion: doctors, midwives, family planners, and women all opposed the pill as a potential threat to their livelihoods, abortion rights, and women's health. Clearly written and interwoven with often surprising facts about Japanese history and politics, Norgren's book fills vital gaps in the cross-national literature on the politics of reproduction, a subject that has received more attention in the European and American contexts. Abortion Before Birth Control will be a valuable resource for those interested in abortion and contraception policies, gender studies, modern Japanese history, political science, and public policy.
ISBN 0691070040
9780691070049
0691070059
9780691070056
9781400843862 (electronic bk.)
1400843863 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 298104993
Additional Format Print version: Norgren, Christiana A.E., 1970- Abortion before birth control. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2001 (DLC) 00066941



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