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Troubled women: Abortion and psychiatry in Sweden in the 1940s and 1950s
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, History of Ideas.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6921-2480
2017 (English)In: Transcending Borders: Abortion in the Past and Present / [ed] Shannon Stettner; Katrina Ackerman; Kristin Burnett; Travis Hay, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, p. 89-100Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Using the concept of psychiatrization as an aspect of medicalization, Lennerhed shows how legal abortion in Sweden increasingly came to be seen as a psychiatric issue in the 1940s and 1950s. In the Swedish welfare state, where abortion on medical, eugenic, and humanitarian grounds had been introduced in 1938, politicians, doctors, and the women’s movement protected the notion of good motherhood while abortion was described as a last resort. Women’s demand for abortion was explained by factors such as mental insufficiency. The diagnoses on women applying for abortion can thus be interpreted as a disciplinary process. © The Author(s) 2017.

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Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. p. 89-100
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33841DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-48399-3_6Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85034266422ISBN: 978-3-319-48398-6 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-48399-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33841DiVA, id: diva2:1163863
Available from: 2017-12-08 Created: 2017-12-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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