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dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Sally E.*
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-04T11:59:31Z
dc.date.available2018-04-04T11:59:31Z
dc.date.issued2018-11-01
dc.identifier.citationJohnson S (2018) ‘I see my section scar like a battle scar’: The ongoing embodied subjectivity of maternity. Feminism & Psychology. 28(4): 470-487.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/15400
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractThough many women may be dissatisfied with their bodies, maternity represents a period when the body deviates significantly from Western beauty ideals. However, the developing corpus of literature is contradictory and there is limited knowledge about the longer-term implications of maternity. Further, much of the early postpartum literature focuses on body image, precluding consideration of broader embodiment and other potential issues. Taking account of recent feminist critiques about acknowledging women’s reproductive capacities, the study reported here explores the embodied subjectivity of longer-term bodily changes resulting from pregnancy, childbirth and early mothering. The data explored are from three focus groups. Mothers were recruited from two universities in the North of England, UK. Data were transcribed and analysed thematically and discursively using a feminist and poststructuralist approach, while also taking account of where language was elusive. A number of contradictory, yet interrelated embodied constructions were identified including the aesthetic, the maternal, the suffering/sentient, the strong and the embarrassing body. New insights are offered, in that, not only are the postpartum body and the ‘work of mothering’ inextricably linked, but also that maternal embodied identities are in continuous process across the life course and may have implications for health and well-being.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rights© 2018 SAGE Publications Ltd. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Feminism & Psychology, vol 28/issue 4 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved.
dc.subjectPostpartum body; Mothers’ bodies; Motherhood; Embodiment; Ageingen_US
dc.title‘I see my section scar like a battle scar’: The ongoing embodied subjectivity of maternityen_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2018-03-15
dc.date.application2018-05-29
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1177/0959353518769920
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-28T03:46:13Z


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