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Author Nie, Jing-Bao, 1962-

Title Behind the silence : Chinese voices on abortion / Jing-Bao Nie
Published Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 294 pages)
Series Asian voices
Asian voices (Rowman and Littlefield, Inc.)
Contents Listening to the silence : the absence of public debate and its meaning -- "Instructions" from above : official positions -- The forgotten controversies : heritage of imperial times -- Tidings from the populace : consensus and contention in the survey results -- Bitterness beyond words : women's narratives -- Fulfilling discordant duties : doctors' narratives -- An inquiry into coerced abortion : sociocultural and ethical issues -- The challenge of cross-cultural dialogue : taking seriously China's internal plurality
Summary Behind the Silence is the first in-depth work in any language to explore the diverse perspectives of mainland Chinese regarding induced abortion and fetal life in the context of the world's most ambitious and intrusive family planning program. Through his investigation of public silence, official standpoints, forgotten controversies from the imperial era, popular opinions, women's personal stories, doctors' narratives, and the problem of coerced abortion, Nie Jing-Bao brings to light a surprising range of beliefs concerning fetal life and the morality of abortion, yet finds overall an acceptan
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-275) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Abortion -- Moral and ethical aspects -- China.
Abortion -- China.
Eugenics -- China.
Family planning -- China.
Women's studies -- China.
Abortion, Induced -- ethics.
Abortion, Induced -- psychology.
Family Planning Policy.
China -- Population policy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0742571289 (electronic bk.)
9780742571280 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)