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Pregnant pauses : agoraphobic embodiment and the limits of (im)pregnability.

Davidson, Joyce (2001) Pregnant pauses : agoraphobic embodiment and the limits of (im)pregnability. Gender, Place and Culture, 8 (3). pp. 283-297. ISSN 0966-369X

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Abstract

Drawing upon Robyn Longhurst's recent research on the embodied experiences of pregnant women in public places and her own empirical research on agoraphobia (fear and avoidance of social space), the author investigates the commonalities and possible synergies between the phenomenology of these two apparently disparate conditions. She argues that both pregnancy and agoraphobia might usefully be understood in terms of an experiential intensification of the problems associated with maintaining a stable self-identity by women in contemporary Western society. In both cases, subjects experience a heightened awareness of socially problematic aspects of womanhood and raised sensitivity to the feeling of being 'out of place' in the social sphere.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Gender, Place and Culture
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 13521
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2008 13:36
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13521

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