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Author Norgren, Christiana A. E., 1970-

Title Abortion before birth control : the politics of reproduction in postwar Japan / Tiana Norgren
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001

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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 242 pages) : illustrations
Series Studies of the East Asian Institute
Studies of the East Asian Institute.
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
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-231) and index
Notes English
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Subject Abortion -- Japan
Birth control -- Government policy -- Japan
Family size -- Japan
Women -- Japan -- Social conditions
Human rights.
History.
Abortion.
Reproductive technology.
Industries.
Social sciences.
Non-governmental organizations.
Social control.
Contraceptives.
Obstetrics -- Surgery.
Humanities.
Therapeutics.
Sociology.
Medical care.
Surgery, Operative.
Consumers' leagues.
Oral contraceptives.
People with disabilities.
Women's rights.
Medicine -- History.
Contraception.
Pharmaceutical industry.
Politics, Practical.
Political planning.
Persons.
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
Societies
sociology.
people (agents)
social sciences.
history (discipline)
humanities.
history of medicine.
politics.
HISTORY -- Asia -- Japan.
Abortion.
Birth control -- Government policy.
Family size.
Social conditions
Women -- Social conditions.
Anticonceptie.
Abortus provocatus.
Avortement -- Japon -- 1945- ...
Régulation des naissances -- Politique publique -- Japon -- 1945- ...
Famille -- Dimension -- Japon -- 1945- ...
Femmes -- Japon -- Conditions sociales.
Japan -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Japan.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00066941
ISBN 0691070040
9780691070049
0691070059
9780691070056
9781400843862
1400843863