The power of the pregnant body: perspectives of agency and autonomy in pregnancy

Haaker, Maureen (2021) The power of the pregnant body: perspectives of agency and autonomy in pregnancy. Genealogy, 5 (1). ISSN 2313-5778

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This paper reviews the literature on pregnancy, examining two dominant discourses: “the pregnant body as foetal containment” and “the pregnant body as illness”. A third discourse, which looks at the complex ways in which the pregnant body is used as a site of agency and autonomy, is also presented. Rather than viewing the pregnant body as solely a condition which compromises women’s subjectivity and places them within strict boundaries of societal structures, this overview argues for seeing the more complex and nuanced ways in which women negotiate power through their bodies and considers how the pregnant body is a site of agency for women.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pregnancy, agency, reproduction, the body
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Young People & Education
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 11:44
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 11:44

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