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Making Modern MothersEthics and Family Planning in Urban Greece$
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Heather Paxson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223714

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223714.001.0001

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Rationalizing Sex

Rationalizing Sex

Family Planning and an Ethic of Well-Being

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(p.102) 3 Rationalizing Sex
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Making Modern Mothers
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Heather Paxson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223714.003.0003

This chapter relates the history of abortion and family planning as told by Greek professionals who work in medicine, psychology, and demography. Family planning was introduced to Greece as a means of modernity. The chapter demonstrates how its ideology and methodology join other development projects in encouraging modern subjects who think for themselves to view social conventions, morality, religion, and custom as impediments to the rational realization of personal desires and self-preservation. This chapter provides critiques of the gender neutrality embedded in family planning ideology and examines how women accustomed to viewing abortion in terms of an ethic of service receive family planning's attendant ethic of well-being.

Keywords:   modernity, family planning, religion, psychology, demography, abortion

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