When Discourse Defies Belief: Anti-Abortionists in Contemporary Australia

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Wyatt, Donna and Hughes, Katie (2009) When Discourse Defies Belief: Anti-Abortionists in Contemporary Australia. Journal of Sociology, 45 (3). pp. 235-253. ISSN 1440-7833


This article considers the role of the Australian anti-abortion movement in the discursive practices of the worldwide pro-life franchise. It is based on in-depth interviews with key members of the moment located in four similar organizations. It examines the ways in which they perceive their cause and the ways in which they might influence both public conversations about abortion and individual pregnant women. It specifically focuses on the ways in which new medical imaging technologies are drawn upon to facilitate a renewed view of the separateness of a foetus, explores the participants’ views of motherhood and mothering, and the ways in which the abortion rate is seen as indicative of the fragmentation of contemporary society.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4704
DOI 10.1177/1440783309335646
Official URL http://jos.sagepub.com/content/45/3/235.abstract
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID16926, Christian right, conservative social movement, language, motherhood, pro-life
Citations in Scopus 6 - View on Scopus
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