The Polish Parliament and the making of politics through abortion : nation, gender and democracy in the 1996 Liberalization Amendment Debate
Kramer, Anne-Marie Caroline. (2009) The Polish Parliament and the making of politics through abortion : nation, gender and democracy in the 1996 Liberalization Amendment Debate. International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vol.11 (No.1). pp. 81-101. ISSN 1461-6742
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616740802567824
The collapse of communism across East Central Europe was marked by a renewal of debates around reproduction, with abortion debates surfacing in Romania, Germany and Poland. Reproductive politics and more specifically abortion debates typically come to the forefront in times of crisis or societal transformation. Struggles over women's reproductive rights in Poland, as evidenced by continuing debate around the legal status of abortion, are in this postcommunist context intimately related to and bound up with ongoing symbolic and concrete re-definitions of Polish nationhood, identity and citizenship. Focusing on the connections between discourses of Polish nationhood, gender and democracy, this article offers a detailed and critical engagement with debate in the Sejm (the lower chamber of the Polish parliament) during the second reading of the 1996 liberalization of abortion amendment. Using a discourse analysis methodology, the article argues that abortion is a symbolic issue through which anxieties about postcommunist reform are raised, nationalist pasts and futures are imagined and through which political projects are articulated.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Poland. Sejm, Abortion -- Government policy -- Poland, Feminism -- Political aspects -- Poland, Feminism -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Poland, Poland -- Politics and government -- 1989-|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Feminist Journal of Politics|
|Official Date:||March 2009|
|Page Range:||pp. 81-101|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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