Abortion and Nation: The Politics of Reproduction in Contemporary Ireland

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Abortion politics are contentious and divisive in many parts of the world, but nowhere more so than in Ireland. Abortion and Nation examines the connection between abortion politics and hegemonic struggles over national identity and the nation-state in the Irish Republic. Situating the abortion question in the global context of human rights politics, as well as international social movements, Lisa Smyth analyses the formation and transformation of abortion politics in Ireland from the early 1980s to the present day. She considers whether or not the shifting connections between morality, rights and nationhood promise a new era of gender equality in the context of nation-state citizenship.
The book provides a new sociological framework through which the significance of conflict over abortion and reproductive freedom is connected to conflict over national identity. It also offers a distinctive in-depth consideration of the connection between gender and nationhood, particularly in terms of its impact on women's status as citizens; within the nation-state; within the European Union; and as members of a global civil society.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages187
ISBN (Print)0754635929
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

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  • Activities

    • 2 Public lecture/debate/seminar
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Publication peer-review
    • 1 Membership of peer review panel or committee

    Ashgate Publishing (Publisher)

    Lisa Smyth (Peer reviewer)

    30 Jan 2015

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Northern/Irish Feminist Judgements Project

    Lisa Smyth (Invited speaker)

    16 Dec 2014

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Abortion Papers Ireland 2013 Symposium

    Lisa Smyth (Presenter)

    08 Jun 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Ireland abortion referendum: How much has country changed?

    Lisa Smyth


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Abortion referendum in Ireland: What to expect?

    Lisa Smyth


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

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