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Women's Rights?

The Politics of Eugenic Abortion in Modern Japan

Women's Rights? by Masae Kato
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The history of abortion debate, feminism and handicapped people's movement in Japan has hardly been published in English. Moreover, no book about Japanese feminism has explored the concept of 'right' - how this concept has played a role to cause disagreement and misunderstanding between movements of handicapped people and women, regarding the issue of selective abortion in Japan. The author ambitiously attempts to de-westernise and de-masculinise the concept of 'right' by theorising how these two movements understood, supported and practised the term 'right'. Some Anglo-American academic scholars have published their works with this attempt, but nothing is about Japan. This book can contribute an argument on Japan to enrich right theories.In the heat of bioethical argument, the significance of the concept of 'right' is gaining more and more weight. In the situation that accurate analysis of the concept of 'right' is needed by academic scholar, bioethicists, medical professionals and policy makers, this book sheds a light on possible development of the notion of 'right'.
Amsterdam University Press; April 2009
343 pages; ISBN 9789048501434
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Title: Women's Rights?
Author: Masae Kato