By Faye D. Ginsburg
According to the fight over a Fargo, North Dakota, abortion medical institution, Contested Lives explores one of many principal social conflicts of our time. either wide-ranging and wealthy intimately, it speaks now not just to the abortion factor but additionally to the serious position of women’s political activism.
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I hope they find book an accurate depiction of their lives and recent history. Susan Harding and Rayna Rapp have each been invaluable colleagues, providing much-needed encouragement; their work offered me models of the possibilities of politically engaged research. Thanks are due as well to anthropologists Vincent Crapanzano and Jane Schneider who served as my main thesis advisers. Each has been an inspiration through their own research and as teachers who had faith in my abilities from early on.
During 1982, I was also working as a producer for a television documentary on the clinic controversy. 5 For that reason, local people viewed me I since Introduction initially as 5 a journalist, a position that enabled me to establish rap- port quickly with both sides, each of which was seeking publicity. When I returned in 1983, I lived with a family with no direct involvement in the abortion conflict and identified myself as an anthropologist. In addition to following the nizations that community formed life for and against the in general, I tion activists in order to see development of the orgaand participating in clinic also collected life histories with abor- how their activism and personal and historical experiences were intertwined.
Wade ruling, as pro-life activism in particular spread to a broad grass-roots base, concerns. — — the signification of abortion as a social issue and polarized. Although I became generalized did not select Fargo for the controversy over the opening of the first its "typicality," abortion clinic in North Dakota is representative of the shape of the conflict in the 15 1980s. While the social field of the controversy expanded, becoming both more broadly based and ideologically elaborated, the arena of action has been increasingly at the local level.