Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

American Catholic Women and Artificial Contraception: An Exploration Into Beliefs and Practice
by Spillar, Adrienne J., M.A., Miami University, 2006, 130; 10817958
Abstract (Summary)

This paper explores the complex relationships between American Catholic women, the Roman Church, and mainstream American culture. A small sociological survey constructed and undertaken by the author provided interesting data from American Catholic women for analysis. Comparison with data from additional surveys suggests that behavioral and ideological trends may exist among American Catholic women of different generations. The author concludes that the Roman Catholic Church's teachings on sexual morality may no longer be authoritative for some American Catholic women. Rather, for these women, mainstream American culture may be a more compelling authority and source of ideas on the use and morality of artificial contraception.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Peter
School: Miami University
Department: Religion
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Womens studies
Keywords: American catholics, Birth control, Catholocism, Geertz, Clifford, Generations, The pill, Women
Publication Number: 10817958
ISBN: 978-0-355-84507-5
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