The Politics of Moral Sin: Abortion and Divorce in Spain, Chile and Argentina

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Februar 2006



This book analyzes the problems that arise when women's rights conflict with the views of conservative organized religion. Specifically, it addresses the legalization--or lack thereof--of divorce and abortion in three recently democratized Catholic countries: Spain, Chile, and Argentina. The book offers a vital and timely contribution to political debates on democratic consolidation, social policy, gender and politics as well as religion and politics. It challenges many of the accepted assumptions and conclusions in these fields, arguing that to understand the political dynamics and policy trajectories on these issues we must first analyze the distribution of both economic and political power. This book moves the debate away from a (unitary) focus on values and public opinion to an analysis of how economic, social and political structures give certain actors more power than others. The topics covered should appeal to a broad readership interested in the difficulties of democratic consolidation in Latin America, and the obstacle to social policy reform in a region with such high levels of inequality. The analysis presented in this book also deepens our understanding of why and how European countries have been so successful in limiting the indulgence of organized religion and in promoting women's rights.


Introduction: The Centrality of Moral Politics 1. Moral Politics in a Global Era 2. Economic Resources and Political Access 3. Social Equality and Social Reform in Spain 4. Moral Fundamentalism in Chile 5. The Interaction of Inequality and Delegative Democracy in Argentina 6. Abortion Reform across Catholic Western Europe and Latin America Conclusion


Merike H. Blofield is Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University.
EAN: 9780415977753
ISBN: 0415977754
Untertitel: 'Latin American Studies: Social'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 245 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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