Abortion: Loss and Renewal in the Search for Identity

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Medical - 162 pages
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The debate on abortion has tended to avoid the psychological significance of an unwanted pregnancy, dominated istead by the strong emotions the subject excites. Eva Pattis Zoja examines the thoughts that surround a woman's decision to end a pregnancy, and presents the challenging thesis that voluntary abortion can often be a violent and unconscious act of self-realisation.
Treating a theme which is central to our existence, the author makes no attempt to argue for or against, or to deny the painful nature of the subject which she tackles, but instead looks at the way in which a decision to abort can affect a woman's inner life.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
A NONPLACE
5
A SLIP IN BIRTH CONTROL?
9
ANTHROPOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS
12
A COMPARISON
15
THE CHRONICS
22
THE GOALS OF AN ABORTION
27
UNCONSCIOUSLY DESIRED
31
ARTEMIS AND ATHENA M
64
KILLING
69
TWO CHOICES
77
A SACRIFICE
98
THE GUILT OF BECOMING AN ADULT
104
AN ULTERIOR THRESHOLD
110
ABORTION AND THE WOMENS MOVEMENT
121
THE NONFATHER
132

INITIATION AND MATERNITY
51
INITIATION AND ABORTION
58

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