Advanced

Hvordan føder man egentlig?

Fuglsang, Klara Saga Hedelykke LU (2016) SANK02 20161
Social Anthropology
Abstract
This bachelor thesis examines how the Danish birthing and pregnancy culture is a dialectic one. It argues that nature and culture, in a classical understanding, gives rise to an ambivalence where a new type of discourse surrounding pregnant women occurs. This discourse focuses on a natural, vaginal birth, but this type of natural birth takes place at a hospital, which is everything but natural. Therefore, medicalization is not denied, but rather accepted, and legitimated through the Danish midwives, who mediate nature and culture. Hence the dialectic aspect. In the rite of passage, that giving birth is, the responsibility is succumbed to the midwives, and they again represent the mediating and legitimating position. Further, I suggest that... (More)
This bachelor thesis examines how the Danish birthing and pregnancy culture is a dialectic one. It argues that nature and culture, in a classical understanding, gives rise to an ambivalence where a new type of discourse surrounding pregnant women occurs. This discourse focuses on a natural, vaginal birth, but this type of natural birth takes place at a hospital, which is everything but natural. Therefore, medicalization is not denied, but rather accepted, and legitimated through the Danish midwives, who mediate nature and culture. Hence the dialectic aspect. In the rite of passage, that giving birth is, the responsibility is succumbed to the midwives, and they again represent the mediating and legitimating position. Further, I suggest that pregnant women acquire a “pregno capital” (in Bourdieu’s sense) when they try to fulfill the expectations the new discourse is conveying. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
Fuglsang, Klara Saga Hedelykke LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
En antropologisk undersøgelse af den danske dialektiske fødselskultur
course
SANK02 20161
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
social anthropology, birthing body, pregno capital, dialectics, midwives
language
Danish
id
8877638
date added to LUP
2016-06-08 09:13:15
date last changed
2016-06-08 09:13:15
@misc{8877638,
  abstract     = {This bachelor thesis examines how the Danish birthing and pregnancy culture is a dialectic one. It argues that nature and culture, in a classical understanding, gives rise to an ambivalence where a new type of discourse surrounding pregnant women occurs. This discourse focuses on a natural, vaginal birth, but this type of natural birth takes place at a hospital, which is everything but natural. Therefore, medicalization is not denied, but rather accepted, and legitimated through the Danish midwives, who mediate nature and culture. Hence the dialectic aspect. In the rite of passage, that giving birth is, the responsibility is succumbed to the midwives, and they again represent the mediating and legitimating position. Further, I suggest that pregnant women acquire a “pregno capital” (in Bourdieu’s sense) when they try to fulfill the expectations the new discourse is conveying.},
  author       = {Fuglsang, Klara Saga Hedelykke},
  keyword      = {social anthropology,birthing body,pregno capital,dialectics,midwives},
  language     = {dan},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Hvordan føder man egentlig?},
  year         = {2016},
}