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CHOICE IDEOLOGY AND THE PARAMETERS OF ITS PRACTICE: ALTERNATIVE ABORTION NARRATIVES IN NEW MEXICO

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CHOICE IDEOLOGY AND THE PARAMETERS OF ITS PRACTICE: ALTERNATIVE ABORTION NARRATIVES IN NEW MEXICO

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Title: CHOICE IDEOLOGY AND THE PARAMETERS OF ITS PRACTICE: ALTERNATIVE ABORTION NARRATIVES IN NEW MEXICO
Author: Adams, Abigail
Advisor(s): Nagengast, Carole
Committee Member(s): Lamphere, Louise
Field, Les
Cramer, Janet
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Anthropology
Subject: Women
Reproductive Justice
Abortion
LC Subject(s): Abortion--Social aspects--United States
Abortion--Psychological aspects--United States
Abortion--Government policy--United States
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.-- United States
Choice (Psychology)
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: The ideology of choice, embedded in the pro-choice, anti-abortion debate in the United States, is founded on Enlightenment notions that take the autonomous individual with perfect knowledge and rationality as the unit of analysis. The basic premise is that each woman “chooses” from a variety of equally accessible options. Hidden in the political language of choice are the constraints all women face as they attempt to negotiate reproduction, especially if they wish to end a pregnancy. “Choice” does not exist as an abstract freedom, but is situated within the realities of power and agency. This paper examines the ability of “choice” to serve as a framework for abortion decisions and the alternative narratives employed by women to express the complexity of an abortion experience.
Graduation Date: July 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12798
Item Available: 2015-06-01


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