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Women's Rights The Politics of Eugenic Abortion in Modern Japan

Masae Kato, "Women's Rights?: The Politics of Eugenic Abortion in Modern Japan"
English | 2009 | ISBN: 9053567933 | PDF | pages: 242 | 1.5 mb

This volume explores the concept ofJapanese reproductive rights and liberties inlight of recent developments in disability studies. Masae Kato asks important questions about what constitutes personhoodand how, in the twenty-first century, we come to understandeugenic abortionand other bioethical arguments. Tracing the origin and influence of the concept of a "right," the author places the term in local social and historical contextsin order to determinethat it still carries overtones of Anglo-American philosophy, rather than universal truth. Digging deeply into Japanese debates on selective abortion, Women's Right? discusses how this charged term can be both de-Westernized and de-masculinized, especially in its appropriations by the Japanese women's movement and disability scholars.
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Tags: Rights, Politics, Eugenic, Abortion, Modern

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