Event Title

Minds, Bodies, and Political Selves: Embodying Pro-Choice Activism

Presenter Information

Samantha Aisen, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A254

Start Date

4-25-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

4-25-2014 2:30 PM

Abstract

The recent introduction of legislation aimed to limit abortion access has reenergized activists on both sides of this issue. In this ethnographic study of political activists and clinic escorts, I examine the activists’ political beliefs on abortion and the ways in which they embody those beliefs. My research focuses on the rhetoric and embodied practices surrounding key issues in the pro-choice movement, including gender inequality, the body as an object, the influence of medicalization, and the status of the fetus.

Notes

Session I, Panel 3 - From Birth Control to Death: Studies of Actors, Agency, and the State
Moderator: Erika Hoffman-Dilloway, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Link to full text thesis at OhioLINK ETD Center:
http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=oberlin1400359495

Major

Anthropology

Advisor(s)

Crystal Biruk, Anthropology

Project Mentor(s)

Crystal Biruk, Anthropology

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Apr 25th, 1:30 PM Apr 25th, 2:30 PM

Minds, Bodies, and Political Selves: Embodying Pro-Choice Activism

Science Center, A254

The recent introduction of legislation aimed to limit abortion access has reenergized activists on both sides of this issue. In this ethnographic study of political activists and clinic escorts, I examine the activists’ political beliefs on abortion and the ways in which they embody those beliefs. My research focuses on the rhetoric and embodied practices surrounding key issues in the pro-choice movement, including gender inequality, the body as an object, the influence of medicalization, and the status of the fetus.