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Politics of Duplicity : Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu's Romania (98 Edition)

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The political hypocrisy and personal horrors of one of the most repressive anti-abortion regimes in history came to the world's attention soon after the fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Photographs of orphans with vacant eyes, sad faces, and wasted bodies circled the globe, as did alarming maternal mortality statistics and heart-breaking details of a devastating infant AIDS epidemic. Gail Kligman's chilling ethnography—of the state and of the politics of reproduction—is the first in-depth examination of this extreme case of political intervention into the most intimate aspects of everyday life.

Ceausescu's reproductive policies, among which the banning of abortion was central, affected the physical and emotional well-being not only of individual men, women, children, and families but also of society as a whole. Sexuality, intimacy, and fertility control were fraught with fear, which permeated daily life and took a heavy moral toll as lying and dissimulation transformed both individuals and the state. This powerful study is based on moving interviews with women and physicians as well as on documentary and archival material. In addition to discussing the social implications and human costs of restrictive reproductive legislation, Kligman explores the means by which reproductive issues become embedded in national and international agendas. She concludes with a review of the lessons the rest of the world can learn from Romania's tragic experience.

Synopsis:

"Essentially an ethnography about politics, public policy, and lived experience, this timely analysis of the Orwellian tragedy of Ceausescu's Romania is superbly researched—a cross-disciplinary contribution of immense value and wide interest that in places almost reads like a novel."—Henry P. David, author of Born Unwanted

About the Author

Gail Kligman is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of The Wedding of the Dead: Ritual, Poetics, and Popular Culture in Transylvania (California, 1988).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520210752
Author:
Kligman, Gail
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Kligman, Gail
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Women's Studies - Abortion
Subject:
Population policy
Subject:
Birth control
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Romania
Subject:
Romania
Subject:
Romania Social conditions.
Subject:
Birth control -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Romania.
Subject:
Abortion & Birth Control
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Balkan Republics
Subject:
Romania Politics and government 1944-1989.
Subject:
Romania Population policy.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Sociology-Abortion and Birth Control
Subject:
Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w photographs, 9 figures, 13 tables
Pages:
350
Dimensions:
8.75 x 5.75 x 1 in 17 oz

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