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Abortion in Post-revolutionary Tunisia: Politics, Medicine and Morality

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Abortion in Post-revolutionary Tunisia

Politics, Medicine and Morality

Irene Maffi

218 pages, 7 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-690-6 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (May 2020)

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“This book takes on a thorny subject which is very timely and for which little data exists. It is well-written and comprehensive.  The research is well done and unique. There’s no competition for this book.” • Donna Lee Bowen, Brigham Young University


After the revolution of 2011, the electoral victory of the Islamist party ‘Ennahdha’ allowed previously silenced religious and conservative ideas about women’s right to abortion to be expressed. This also allowed healthcare providers in the public sector to refuse abortion and contraceptive care. This book explores the changes and continuity in the local discourses and practices related to the body, sexuality, reproduction and gender relationships. It also investigates how the bureaucratic apparatus of government healthcare facilities affects the complex moral world of clinicians and patients.

Irene Maffi is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lausanne, and Associated Researcher at Christian Michelsen Institute, Bergen. She is the author of Women, Health and the State in the Middle East (2012, I.B.Tauris) and co-editor  of Reinventing Love? Gender, Intimacy and Romance in the Arab World (2018, Peter Lang).

Subject: Medical Anthropology Gender Studies and Sexuality Political and Economic Anthropology
Area: Africa


List of Figures
Notes on Transliteration

Introduction: Situating Abortion: Islam, the Arab countries and the Tunisian Exception

Chapter 1. Putting Abortion into Question: Debates, Actors and Stakes after the Revolution
Chapter 2. Female Bodies, Contraception and Reproductive Norms
Chapter 3. Reproductive Governance, Moral Regimes and Unwanted Pregnancies
Chapter 4. Imagining Early Pregnancy: Ontologies of the Foetus and the Moral Perception of Abortion



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