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Title:
Decoding abortion rhetoric : communicating social change
Author:
Condit, Celeste Michelle, 1956-
Publication Information:
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xv, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780252016479
Format :
Book

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This demanding, scholarly work traces the rhetoric surrounding the abortion controversy in the United States from 1965 to 1985. Using a sophisticated framework of rhetorical analysis, Condit describes the process by which the persuasive argumentation and vocabulary used by ``Pro-life'' and ``Pro-choice'' advocates has evolved and how it has created a deadlocked situation at the activist level, while mass attitudes on abortion reflect a compromise between the two positions. For the general public, Condit says, abortion falls within the realm of personal choice, but is generally regarded as morally objectionable. This work will be an important acquisition for university libraries.-- Ted G. Jelen, Illinois Benedictine Coll., Lisle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.