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ERIC Number: EJ1174280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Black Women's Bodies, Ideology, and the Public Curriculum of the Pro- and Anti-Choice Movements in the US
Davidson, Maria del Guadalupe
Gender and Education, v30 n3 p310-321 2018
This paper explores how opposite sides of the abortion debate employ a discourse of endangerment to mobilise political support for their ideologies about black women's bodies. I examine the role of black women within that rhetorical strategy through various rhetorical artefacts. To analyse these artefacts, I employ the theoretical framework of ideological or ideographic criticism. This framework helps us see how the artefacts used by both pro and anti-choice movements 'condition' the audience not merely to adopt a set of 'beliefs and behavior, but a vocabulary of concepts that function as guides, warrants, reasons, or excuses for behavior and belief.' Though the two sides of the abortion debate differ in their overt political views, they turn out to share an implicit ideology about black women. This ideology prevents the voices of black women from being heard and valued in a debate that is nonetheless focused on black women's bodies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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