Wars of the Wombs: Struggles Over Abortion Policies in Israel, REBECCA STEINFELD
Israel Studies 20.2
This article examines the historical and contemporary struggles that have led to the gap between the restrictions on, and availability of, abortion in Israel. It attributes this gap to the compromise necessitated by conflicts amongst competing policymakers, motivated by opposing viewpoints and interests, over the objectives and substance of abortion policies.
Community, Authority, and Jewish Midwives in Early Modern Europe, ELISHEVA CARLEBACH
Jewish Social Studies 20.2
Jewish midwives in premodern Europe played important roles as medical practitioners, as female professionals, and as communal employees. In addition to coordinating medical and nursing services for birthing mothers, midwives served the community as liaisons to guard the morals of women. Two eighteenth-century Dutch Jewish midwives' registers discussed here testify not only to the broad social circles these women traversed and the religious and class boundaries they crossed but also to their professionalism and initiative in disseminating information about reproduction and maternal health.
How Universal is Beethoven? Music, Culture, and Democracy, MARK WHALE
Philosophy of Music Education Review 23.1
Daniel Barenboim, conductor of the Arab/Israeli West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, claims that “everywhere in the world … [Beethoven's Ninth Symphony] speaks to all people.” But just how universal is Beethoven? In his paper, Mark Whale explores two ways of understanding Beethoven's music in line with two versions of the “idea of culture” proposed by literary theorist, Terry Eagleton. In choosing to attend carefully to Beethoven's music we discover that it invites and deepens our attention, not only to it, but also to ourselves.
Beyond Normative Dewesternization: Examining Media Culture from the Vantage Point of the Global South, WENDY WILLEMS
The Global South Volume 8. 1
This article contributes to an approach that practices media and communication studies from the Global South, grounded in the everyday life experiences of ordinary people. It is situated against the background of crucial processes such as neoliberalization, which have not only had drastic implications for the division of labor between the state and market in the area of media and communication but have also produced radical changes in the lives of the majority of people living in the Global South.