Beyond control: body and self in women's childbearing narratives.

@article{Carter2010BeyondCB,
  title={Beyond control: body and self in women's childbearing narratives.},
  author={Shannon K. Carter},
  journal={Sociology of health & illness},
  year={2010},
  volume={32 7},
  pages={993-1009}
}
In the United States, childbearing is often conceptualised as a time when women lose self-control over their bodies. This project examines issues of bodily control through a social constructionist analysis of in-depth interviews with 18 predominantly white, working and middle class women who have recently given birth in the US. Findings indicate that many participants construct themselves as both in and out of control of their bodies during childbearing. Participants also describe body/self… CONTINUE READING

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