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Is the Embodied Pregnancy Still Relevant? Uncertainty, Embodiment and Technology in 21st-century Pregnancy

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dc.contributor.advisor Jacobs, Mark D.
dc.contributor.author Imperatore, Catherine
dc.creator Imperatore, Catherine
dc.date 2014-11-25
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-30T21:59:34Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-30T21:59:34Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/9134
dc.description.abstract Mothering begins at conception and is considered essential to womanhood, while the physical challenges and joys of pregnancy are perceived as natural and inevitable. How well this fits with a woman's lived experience of conception and pregnancy changes her relationship to uncertainty and risk, technical and embodied expertise, and reflexivity and resistance during pregnancy. Despite the focus in sociological research on technology that separates the fetus from the mother, I found from my research strong contraindications against a totalizing disembodiment and a continuing attention paid to older uncertainties that have characterized pregnancy historically. Embodiment and technology exist alongside each other in modern pregnancy, and mutually reinforce the expectation of maternal-fetal bonding and the need for responsibly managing uncertainty. Pregnancy as a lived physical state continues to be central to the notion of mothering and womanhood. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject risk en_US
dc.subject pregnant en_US
dc.subject embodiment en_US
dc.subject uncertainty en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject technology en_US
dc.title Is the Embodied Pregnancy Still Relevant? Uncertainty, Embodiment and Technology in 21st-century Pregnancy en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Sociology en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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