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Medical Alliances and Abortion Movements in the United States and Britain

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Medical Alliances and Abortion Movements in the United States and Britain
April 10, 2018 12:00 pm
April 10, 2018 1:30 pm
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Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 126 Voorhies

A talk by Drew Halfmann, associate professor of sociology, UC Davis

This talk theorizes the conditions under which social movement organizations (SMOs) pursue and acquire medical allies, and evaluates these theories through an analysis of SMOs in the United States and Britain during the 1960s and early 1970s, the main period in which both countries established their contemporary abortion regimes. The analysis finds that abortion rights SMOs in both countries successfully acquired individual and collective medical allies, but that British abortion SMOs were more successful than their American counterparts in obtaining collective medical allies at the national level. The analysis finds that resource, homophily, discourse, and especially political-instiutional theories help explain these differences.

This event is sponsored by Davis Humanities Institute, Women & Gender in the World Research Cluster

For more information please contact: Corrie Decker, crdecker@ucdavis.edu

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