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"Real choice" as a path to 'reproductive justice'?: Exploring asylum-seeking and migrant m/others' visibility and representation within the Irish 'pro-choice' movement
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

I have explored, from a feminist postcolonial standpoint, the approaches of six ‘pro-choice’ and ‘reproductive rights’ groups in Dublin in Ireland. Through interviews, participatory observations, and studying their websites, I have sought to discover the dominant discourses, a ‘reproductive choice’ or a ‘reproductive justice’ approach, within these organisations’ work. Furthermore, I have sought to investigate the visibility and representation of migrant and asylum-seeking women’s bodies and experiences within the movement. My findings show a continued focus on ‘choice’ and abortion rights, and a general absence of difference and diversity, in particular around ‘race’, on the organisations’ websites and in terms of representation. Yet, the interviews show an ambition for further collaboration with migrant and anti-racist organisations, and attempts to broaden their approach, making it more inclusive and encapsulating, not through a “justice” approach, but rather through talking about “real choice” and the importance of “solidarity” with marginalised women. 

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2015. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
abortion rights, pro-choice, reproductive rights, reproductive justice, migrant women, women asylum-seekers, Ireland
National Category
Social and Economic Geography Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112707OAI: diva2:779986
Available from: 2015-02-16 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2015-02-16Bibliographically approved

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