Home | News | news3 |

Drew Halfmann wins ASA Charles Tilly Best Book in Collective Behavior and Social Movements Award

Drew Halfmann has been awarded the ASA Charles Tilly Award for Best Book in Collective Behavior and Social Movements for 2012. The chair of the committee wrote that Drew's book, Doctors and Demonstrators,  "stood out in a very strong field of publications."

Since Roe v. Wade, abortion has continued to be a divisive political issue in the United States. In contrast, it has remained primarily a medical issue in Britain and Canada despite the countries’ shared heritage. Doctors and Demonstrators looks beyond cultural or religious explanations to find out why abortion politics and policies differ so dramatically in these otherwise similar countries.

Political institutions are the key. In the United States, federalism, judicial review, and a private health care system contributed to the public definition of abortion as an individual right rather than a medical necessity. Meanwhile, the porous structure of American political parties gave pro-choice and pro-life groups the opportunity to move the issue onto the political agenda.