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Shaping Abortion Discourse : Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the United States - Myra Marx Ferree

Shaping Abortion Discourse

Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the United States

Paperback Published: 27th September 2007
ISBN: 9780521793841
Number Of Pages: 372

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Using controversy over abortion as a lens through which to compare the political process and role of the media in these two very different democracies, this book examines the contest over meaning that is being waged by social movements, political parties, churches and other social actors.

Abortion is a critical battleground for debates over social values in both countries, but the constitutional premises on which arguments rest differ, as do the strategies that movements and parties adopt and the opportunities for influence that are open to them.

By examining how these debates are conducted and by whom in light of the normative claims made by democratic theorists, the book also offers a means of judging how well either country lives up to the ideals of democratic debate in practice.

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Tables and figures
Two related stories
Historical context
Major Outcomes
The discursive opportunity structure
Representing Different Constituencies
Representing women's claims
Representing religious claims
Representing the tradition of the left
The Quality of Abortion Discourse
Normative criteria for the public sphere
Measuring the quality of discourse
Lessons for democracy and the public sphere
Methodological appendix
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ISBN: 9780521793841
ISBN-10: 052179384X
Series: Communication, Society and Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 27th September 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.657 x 15.494  x 1.956
Weight (kg): 0.517