Premarital Abortion: Reproductive Politics in Post-Socialist China

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This thesis examines reproduction among the unmarried population in China by focusing on premarital abortion in relation to the family, the state, and the market. Based on the findings, I introduce a framework that incorporates the individual, relational, and social dimensions of reproduction. The framework suggests that the experiences of premarital abortion are situated in a web of interpersonal relationships that are entwined between the women, their male partners and their parents. These relationships serve as the interfaces that connect the women reproductive selves to the macro social structures, and are interweaved in the lives of these women. I argue that abortion is essential for women to exercise their bodily control and to survive in an increasingly uncertain and stratified society, but it is insufficient for them to achieve reproductive autonomy. To enhance individuals’ reproductive freedom, policy should be directed at eliminating discriminations based on gender, class, and migration status.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2019
EventHong Kong Sociological Association 21st Annual Conference : Regional Integration, Social Divisions - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 30 Nov 201930 Nov 2019


ConferenceHong Kong Sociological Association 21st Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
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