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The Pushback Against Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: The discursive strategies of the Christian Right in defense of the “Natural Family”
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This dissertation investigates the ways non-governmental actors from the Christian Right perform a wide array of pushback strategies to contest the agenda of Human Rights promoted by the United Nations in the area of sexual and reproductive health rights. As the consensus around human rights is eroding and under pressure, the role of the Christian Right in contrasting the liberal and secular agenda of human rights is increasingly central in global governance.

Conceived as a time-bound and limited study, this dissertation analyzes the discursive performance of three organizations from the Christian Right’s constellation, and discusses how these organizations securitize the “natural family” against the existential threat posed by sexual and reproductive health rights. Moving along an interpretative and post-structuralist approach to discourse analysis, the dissertation shows that the Christian Right resorts to a series of discursive strategies in defense of the natural family, which revolve around the issue of abortion, the emergence of non-traditional family arrangements, the existence of powerful and morally reckless governments and bureaucracies, and the disruption of children’s innocence.

All in all, the dissertation highlights the existentialism of the Christian Right’s discourses, the framing of competing discourses as an existential threat to their core values, and the polarization of the debate on sexual and reproductive health rights. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 38
Keywords [en]
Christian Right, Human Rights, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Post-structuralism, United Nations
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-351849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-351849DiVA, id: diva2:1211560
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The Study of Religion
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Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict
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2018-05-29, 18:55 (English)
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Available from: 2018-05-31 Created: 2018-05-31 Last updated: 2018-05-31Bibliographically approved

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