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Embodying Irish Abortion Reform

Bodies, Emotions, and Feminist Activism

By Aideen O’Shaughnessy

Published

Sep 1, 2024

Page count

208 pages

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Gender and Sociology

ISBN

978-1529236439

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 1, 2024

Page count

208 pages

Browse the series

Gender and Sociology

ISBN

978-1529236453

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 1, 2024

Page count

208 pages

Browse the series

Gender and Sociology

ISBN

978-1529236453

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Embodying Irish Abortion Reform

Offering a unique perspective, this book explores the lived, embodied and affective experiences of reproductive rights activists living under, and mobilizing against, Ireland’s constitutional abortion ban.

Through qualitative research and in-depth interviews with activists, the author exposes the subtle influence of the 8th Amendment on Irish women and their (reproductive) bodies, whether or not they have ever attempted to access a clandestine abortion.

It explains how the everyday embodied practices, bodily labours and affective experiences of women and gestating people were shaped by the 8th amendment and through the need to ‘prepare’ for crisis pregnancies. In addition, it reveals the integral role of women’s bodies and emotions in changing the political and social landscape in Ireland, through the historical transformation of the country’s abortion laws.

Aideen O’Shaughnessy is a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln. Her research interests include embodiment, emotions, affect, reproduction and feminist protest movements.

1. Introduction

2. Living Under the 8th: the Gendered Burden of ‘Abortion Work’

3. Tracing the ‘Embodied Infrastructure’ of the Movement to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

4. On the Physicality of Protest: The Politics of Revelation

5. Embodying Respectability: The Politics of Concealment

6. Changed Bodies? Life After Repeal

7. Conclusion