"Women's Obligation to Motherhood": A discourse analysis of the anti-abortion debate in Chile
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The objective with this study is to locate discourses within the anti-abortion debate in Chile and analyze these. The discourses will be contextualized with a historical perspective and the pro- abortion arguments. Based upon what was encountered during research, two themes selected were The Right to Motherhood and The Right to Life. The two themes were analyzed from a power, gender, class, body and normative lifeline perspective. The conclusion was that the anti- abortion debate in Chile is strongly connected to the discourse on motherhood and the natural body. These two discourses show that the debate in Chile becomes stale and unprogressive while the idea that women only become real women through motherhood exist. Women have an obligation to become mothers in order to receive a higher position within the Chilean society as well as be regarded real women. The conclusion will show that motherhood is a cultural signifier in Chile, and an act where one perform one's gender.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 35 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194287OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-194287DiVA: diva2:604825
Subject / course
Malmberg, Denise, Docent
Wahlström, Helena, Docent