Discourses around abortion in a low-income community in the Western Cape

Bowes, Tanya-Ann (2010) Discourses around abortion in a low-income community in the Western Cape. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

[img]
Preview
Text
BOWES-MSocSci-TR10-104.pdf

979Kb

Abstract

Since the introduction of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act in 1996, research concerning abortion has primarily focused on public health issues or on the personal experience of women. The cultural and social context within which women experience a termination of pregnancy and in which services are offered has received less attention. The purpose of this study was to analyse public discourses around abortion in a low-income community in the Western Cape. Focus groups were used to gather data from three women’s and three men’s groups. The findings suggest that the agenda of pro-life discourses in this community is not always to defend the life of the fetus. Rather these discourses serve to protect, preserve and maintain the power of the traditional nuclear family, headed by the husband, over women’s reproduction and sexuality. Religious and moral arguments serve to disguise the gender issues at stake. However, instances also occurred where TOP was supported if the husband participated in the decision-making process. Therefore, his presence normalised abortion. Thus, the prevailing public discourses around abortion in this community either support or negate abortion in order to further the agenda of patriarchy.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Abortion, South Africa
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:2544
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:03 Apr 2012 06:31
Last Modified:03 Apr 2012 06:31
9 full-text download(s) since 03 Apr 2012 06:31
9 full-text download(s) in the past 12 months
More statistics...

Repository Staff Only: item control page