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Pregnoscape: Den gravida kroppen som arena för motstridiga perspektiv på risk, kön och medicinsk teknik
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2006 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Pregnancy and birth are not only physiological processes but also socially and culturally organized events. Pregnancy is an individual experience as well as the focus of collective concerns and values. In this dissertation the pregnant body is understood as an arena of social truths and contesting perspectives: a public stage where different perspectives on medical technology, risk and gender are acted out. Swedish maternity care dominates the arena, and women have to adjust to the authority of medical knowledge. This, however, does not mean that women comply without questions. As the study shows they struggle for voice and agency which is reflected in pregnant women’s differing views and uses of biomedical knowledge and technology. Although the discourse on pregnancy and birth is highly ideological and marked by strong opinions, pregnant women in practice tend to be motivated by pragmatics rather than ideology. In order to understand the complexities and nuances of reproductive culture in Sweden, we need to move beyond distinctions such as the one between technology and the body, and instead focus on the experiential world of pregnant women in which technology is an integral part in everyday life and therefore taken for granted rather than problematised. The thesis is based on fieldwork at a maternity care center and interviews with pregnant women. Furthermore, discussion groups on the Internet and debates in mass media have been valuable sources of information.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi , 2006. , p. 256
Series
Dissertations and documents in cultural anthropology : DICA, ISSN 1653-0543 ; 6
Keywords [en]
Cultural anthropology, Sweden, pregnancy, cesarean section, birth, reproduction, risk, gender, medical technology, medical anthropology, homebirth, ultrasound scan, pregnancy test, body, maternity care, screening
Keywords [sv]
Kulturantropologi
National Category
Ethnology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-6749ISBN: 91-506-1863-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-6749DiVA, id: diva2:168071
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2006-05-05, Erik Gustaf Geijersalen, Engelska parken, Humanistiskt centrum, Thunbergsvägen 3H, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
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Avhandlingen finns att köpa som tryckt bok för 120 SEK exkl. frakt. Maila birgitta.hellmark@comhem.seAvailable from: 2009-06-09 Created: 2006-04-12 Last updated: 2010-05-01Bibliographically approved

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