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BEYOND ABORTION: THE LOOMING BATTLE OVER DEATH IN THE ‘CULTURE WARS’

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Abstract:

ABSTRACT

By concentrating on abortion, the culture wars have avoided facing a crisis about the end of life. This paper explores four themes: (1) the technological transformation of birth and death into matters of decision, not matters of fact; (2) abortion as the nexus of Eros (sex) with Thanatos (death); (3) the real crisis, conveniently masked by our obsession with sex, looming at the end of life, not at its beginning; (4) the surplus-repression that protects us from assuming responsibility for choosing between life and death.

Keywords: abortion; culture wars; death; eros; thanatos

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8519.2008.00649.x

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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