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Abortion Under ApartheidNationalism, Sexuality, and Women's Reproductive Rights in South Africa$
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Susanne M. Klausen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844494.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Abortion Under Apartheid
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Susanne M. Klausen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844494.003.0001

The introduction argues that examining the history of abortion in South Africa during the apartheid era reveals the power and pervasiveness of heterosexist and patriarchal norms in apartheid culture, and their effects on the intimate, everyday lives of women. It explains the book’s focus on the importance of regulating gender and sexuality in the creation and maintenance of apartheid culture, which led to state regulation and disciplining of white female heterosexuality. It also emphasizes that the oppression of women cut across racial and ethnic divides.

Keywords:   Heterosexism, Racism, Apartheid culture, Afrikaner nationalism, National Party, Regulation of sexuality, Abortion, White female heterosexuality

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