Northern Ireland & the Referendum

At the end of May 2018 the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to appeal a law which up until that time, had effectively made abortion illegal. Voters chose by a clear majority to change this law and repeal the 8th amendment. But why does abortion continue to be such a controversial subject? By looking at how issues around the referendum affect the people of Northern Ireland this episode of the Glass Bead Game podcast is an enquiry into what abortion laws mean and how different groups navigate their way around them.

This episode features:

Ben Kasstan

Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex

Maya Unnithan

Professor of Social And Medical Anthropology at the University of Sussex

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