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Refusing disembodiment: abortion and the paradox of reproductive rights in contemporary Italy

Hanafin, Patrick (2009) Refusing disembodiment: abortion and the paradox of reproductive rights in contemporary Italy. Feminist Theory 10 (2), pp. 227-244. ISSN 1464-7001.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464700109104926

Abstract

Employing insights from Italian sexual difference theory on law and rights, this article examines how both the text of the Italian Abortion Law of 1978 and its operation reveal the contradictions within liberal rights discourse on reproductive freedom. The Act itself contains traces of both Roman Catholic and liberal pluralist worldviews and has, since its introduction, been the site of conflict over competing notions of citizenship and legal identity. This article explores the impact of the Act's paradoxical nature on its operation against the background of the complex debates within the different strands of feminist theory in Italy over the question of reproductive freedom. From the publisher's website at: http://fty.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/10/2/227

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The publisher has imposed a 12 month embargo on the open availability of this item. The full text will be available through Birkbeck ePrints in September 2010. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Feminist Theory 10 (2), August 2009 by SAGE Publications Ltd. All rights reserved. © SAGE Publications.
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): abortion, Italy, reproductive politics, rights, sexual difference
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2009 15:07
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/817

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