Making 'Postmodern' Mothers: Pregnant Embodiment, Baby Bumps and Body Image (Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences) pdf epub fb2

Making 'Postmodern' Mothers: Pregnant Embodiment, Baby Bumps and Body Image (Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences) by Meredith Nash epub fb2 djvu

Author: Meredith Nash
Title: Making 'Postmodern' Mothers: Pregnant Embodiment, Baby Bumps and Body Image (Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences)
ISBN: 0230355439
ISBN13: 978-0230355439
Other Formats: mbr lit azw mobi
Pages: 264 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2012 edition (November 14, 2012)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1697 kb
Size FB2 version: 1402 kb
Category: Other
Subcategory: Medicine & Health Sciences

This book, the first of its kind, provides a multi-disciplinary, empirical account of pregnant embodiment and how it fits into wider sociological and feminist discourses about gender, bodies, "fitness," "fat," feminism, celebrity and motherhood. This study draws on original qualitative data collected in Australia with pregnant women, their partners, and maternity industry professionals including maternity designers. The voices of pregnant women are located at the centre of a range of competing social discourses to reveal what the author describes as "postmodern" pregnancy, an experience that highlights the contradictions inherent in being a contemporary woman in the West: Eat junk food but do not get fat. Wear "sexy" clothing but be a "good" selfless mother. Be "fit" but do not exercise too much. "Postmodern" pregnancy features as an ambivalent and uncertain experience, with women constantly negotiating the boundaries of both femininity and motherhood in a neo-liberal socio-political and economic context that both promotes and constrains their "choices."

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