Abortion Under Apartheid: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women's Reproductive Rights in South Africa

 
9780199844494: Abortion Under Apartheid: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women's Reproductive Rights in South Africa

Abortion Under Apartheid examines the politics of abortion in South Africa during the apartheid era (1948-1990), when termination of pregnancy was criminalized. It analyzes the flourishing clandestine abortion industry, the prosecution of medical and "backstreet" abortionists, and the passage in 1975 of the country's first statutory law on abortion. Susanne M. Klausen reveals how ideas about sexuality were fundamental to apartheid culture and shows that the authoritarian National Party government - alarmed by the spread of "permissiveness" in white society - attempted to regulate white women's reproductive sexuality in the interests of maintaining white supremacy.

A major focus of the book is the battle over abortion that erupted in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when doctors and feminists, inspired by international developments, called for liberalization of the colonial-era common law that criminalized abortion. The movement for legal reform spurred a variety of political, social, and religious groups to grapple with the meaning of abortion in the context of changing ideas about the traditional family and women's place within it. Abortion Under Apartheid demonstrates that all women, regardless of race, were oppressed under apartheid. Yet, although the National Party was preoccupied with denying young, unmarried white women reproductive control, black girls and women bore the brunt of the lack of access to safe abortion, suffering the effects on a shocking scale.

At the heart of the story are the black and white girls and women who-regardless of hostility from partners, elders, religious institutions, nationalist movements, conservative doctors and nurses, or the government-persisted in determining their own destinies. Although a great many were harmed and even died as a result of being denied safe abortions, many more succeeded in thwarting opponents of women's right to control their capacity to bear children. This book conveys both the tragic and triumphant sides of their story.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Susanne M. Klausen is Professor of History at Carleton University, Ottawa.

Review:


"This study makes a powerful case that concerns over restricting abortion were about policing women's bodies within a conservative patriarchal community in order to maintain its reputation, one is tempted to say, 'honour'. It is distressing to learn from the conclusion that although a very liberal law was passed by the African National Congress government in 1996, clandestine abortion remains ubiquitous in South Africa for complex reasons including continuing stigmatising attitudes, lack of resources, and inadequate public health education."--Leslie Hall, Women's History Review


"Drawing on a compelling range of sources, including novels, popular press stories, oral history interviews, medical journals, and university and hospital records, Klausen argues that white, South African social elites vehemently opposed abortion as part of their wider obsession with the sanctity of the so-called white race....South African historiography has tended to focus on either white or black South Africans, given that apartheid actively worked to divide these populations. By contrast, Klausen here includes black and white women's experiences with abortion. In doing so, she demonstrates the entanglements of racism and its effects on white and black life in South Africa."--Rachel Sandwell, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allies Scientists


"Susanne M. Klausen should be commended for writing a book that is compelling, timely, and highly original...In this elegantly written narrative, Klausen explains that gender and sexuality were just as important as race or class to the construction and maintenance of the apartheid system...There is much to appreciate about this book. Besides being innovative and very well researched, the book is written in accessible language. The author is a gifted storyteller who has the ability to captivate her audience through her engaging prose. She helps us realize that this is a story that is much larger than 'just' abortion. Indeed, it is a story of nation-building and of state collapse, one that is painfully written on the bodies of women...It is certainly not one to be missed."--Alicia C. Decker, American Historical Review


"Abortion Under Apartheid is a beautifully written, multi-dimensional, and convincingly argued examination of women's reproductive choices under the South African apartheid regime."--The Canadian Commission on Women's History Book Prize


"The author does not keep her sharp analysis hermetically sealed off from global and colonial forces. She is alert to the wider historiography, to the intersection of race and class, of masculinity and women's reproductive rights. She has trolled through dozens of newspapers, a dozen archives, conducted multiple interviews, and like every good historian, read almost every single secondary source on her subject. The reader will be pulled into an engaging, riveting and horrifying set of stories, one in which vulnerable human beings, professionals and activists are caught in a vortex of cultural and gendered politics....Here are the stories of courage and victimization of both black and white couched in the politics of a regime in its death throes."--Chris Youe, Canadian Association of African Studies, on behalf of the Joel Gregory Prize Committee


"This meticulously researched volume helps redress the privileging of race and class, together with a persistent gender blindness, in much South African historiography on apartheid. In this powerful and clearly argued study of the apartheid politics of fertility, Klausen shows how Afrikaner nationalism was persistently active in its attempts to control women's sexuality...Klausen provides complex and sympathetic accounts of the experiences of women of all races caught up in this nightmare world..."--Anne Digby, Social History of Medicine


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Susanne M. Klausen
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0199844496 ISBN 13: 9780199844494
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0199844496

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 46.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Klausen, Susanne M.
ISBN 10: 0199844496 ISBN 13: 9780199844494
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 23783573-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 57.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Susanne M. Klausen
Published by OUP USA
ISBN 10: 0199844496 ISBN 13: 9780199844494
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780199844494

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 52.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.25
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Susanne M. Klausen
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0199844496 ISBN 13: 9780199844494
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2015. Hardback. Book Condition: New. UK ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. Abortion Under Apartheid examines the politics of abortion in South Africa during the apartheid era (1948-1990), when termination of pregnancy was criminalized. It analyzes the flourishing clandestine abortion industry, the prosecution of medical and backstreet abortionists, and the passage in 1975 of the country s first statutory law on abortion. Susanne M. Klausen reveals how ideas about sexuality were fundamental to apartheid culture and shows that the authoritarian National Party government - alarmed by the spread of permissiveness in white society - attempted to regulate white women s reproductive sexuality in the interests of maintaining white supremacy. A major focus of the book is the battle over abortion that erupted in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when doctors and feminists, inspired by international developments, called for liberalization of the colonial-era common law that criminalized abortion. The movement for legal reform spurred a variety of political, social, and religious groups to grapple with the meaning of abortion in the context of changing ideas about the traditional family and women s place within it. Abortion Under Apartheid demonstrates that all women, regardless of race, were oppressed under apartheid. Yet, although the National Party was preoccupied with denying young, unmarried white women reproductive control, black girls and women bore the brunt of the lack of access to safe abortion, suffering the effects on a shocking scale. At the heart of the story are the black and white girls and women who - regardless of hostility from partners, elders, religious institutions, nationalist movements, conservative doctors and nurses, or the government - persisted in determining their own destinies. Although a great many were harmed and even died as a result of being denied safe abortion, many more succeeded in thwarting opponents of women s right to control their capacity to bear children. This book conveys both the tragic and triumphant sides of their story. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780199844494

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 67.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Susanne M. Klausen
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0199844496 ISBN 13: 9780199844494
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2015. Hardback. Book Condition: New. UK ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. Abortion Under Apartheid examines the politics of abortion in South Africa during the apartheid era (1948-1990), when termination of pregnancy was criminalized. It analyzes the flourishing clandestine abortion industry, the prosecution of medical and backstreet abortionists, and the passage in 1975 of the country s first statutory law on abortion. Susanne M. Klausen reveals how ideas about sexuality were fundamental to apartheid culture and shows that the authoritarian National Party government - alarmed by the spread of permissiveness in white society - attempted to regulate white women s reproductive sexuality in the interests of maintaining white supremacy. A major focus of the book is the battle over abortion that erupted in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when doctors and feminists, inspired by international developments, called for liberalization of the colonial-era common law that criminalized abortion. The movement for legal reform spurred a variety of political, social, and religious groups to grapple with the meaning of abortion in the context of changing ideas about the traditional family and women s place within it. Abortion Under Apartheid demonstrates that all women, regardless of race, were oppressed under apartheid. Yet, although the National Party was preoccupied with denying young, unmarried white women reproductive control, black girls and women bore the brunt of the lack of access to safe abortion, suffering the effects on a shocking scale. At the heart of the story are the black and white girls and women who - regardless of hostility from partners, elders, religious institutions, nationalist movements, conservative doctors and nurses, or the government - persisted in determining their own destinies. Although a great many were harmed and even died as a result of being denied safe abortion, many more succeeded in thwarting opponents of women s right to control their capacity to bear children. This book conveys both the tragic and triumphant sides of their story. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780199844494

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 69.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Klausen, Susanne M.
Published by Oxford Univ Pr (2015)
ISBN 10: 0199844496 ISBN 13: 9780199844494
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 344 pages. 8.00x5.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0199844496

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 61.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.00
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Susanne M. Klausen
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0199844496 ISBN 13: 9780199844494
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2015. Hardback. Book Condition: New. UK ed.. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Abortion Under Apartheid examines the politics of abortion in South Africa during the apartheid era (1948-1990), when termination of pregnancy was criminalized. It analyzes the flourishing clandestine abortion industry, the prosecution of medical and backstreet abortionists, and the passage in 1975 of the country s first statutory law on abortion. Susanne M. Klausen reveals how ideas about sexuality were fundamental to apartheid culture and shows that the authoritarian National Party government - alarmed by the spread of permissiveness in white society - attempted to regulate white women s reproductive sexuality in the interests of maintaining white supremacy. A major focus of the book is the battle over abortion that erupted in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when doctors and feminists, inspired by international developments, called for liberalization of the colonial-era common law that criminalized abortion. The movement for legal reform spurred a variety of political, social, and religious groups to grapple with the meaning of abortion in the context of changing ideas about the traditional family and women s place within it. Abortion Under Apartheid demonstrates that all women, regardless of race, were oppressed under apartheid. Yet, although the National Party was preoccupied with denying young, unmarried white women reproductive control, black girls and women bore the brunt of the lack of access to safe abortion, suffering the effects on a shocking scale. At the heart of the story are the black and white girls and women who - regardless of hostility from partners, elders, religious institutions, nationalist movements, conservative doctors and nurses, or the government - persisted in determining their own destinies. Although a great many were harmed and even died as a result of being denied safe abortion, many more succeeded in thwarting opponents of women s right to control their capacity to bear children. This book conveys both the tragic and triumphant sides of their story. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780199844494

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 72.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Susanne M. Klausen
Published by Oxford University Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 0199844496 ISBN 13: 9780199844494
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0199844496

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 87.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Klausen, Susanne M.
Published by Oxford University Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 0199844496 ISBN 13: 9780199844494
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110199844496

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 91.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Klausen, Susanne M.
Published by Oxford Univ Pr (2015)
ISBN 10: 0199844496 ISBN 13: 9780199844494
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 344 pages. 8.00x5.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # z-0199844496

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 86.61
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.00
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book