Papen, Uta (2008) Pregnancy starts with a literacy event:pregnancy and ante-natal care as texctually mediated social experiences. Ethnography, 9 (3). pp. 377-403. ISSN 1466-1381Full text not available from this repository.
As a literacy researcher my academic attention is usually focussed on how other people use reading and writing in their everyday lives. In this article, for the first time I turn my researcher’s gaze onto myself. I present a portion of my autoethnogaphy which aimed to document my becoming a mother as a ‘textually-mediated’ experience. I discuss three aspects of this experience: (1) the role of the ‘Green Notes’, a personal maternity record, as an example of how the literacy practices of pregnancy and ante-natal care are shaped by institutional norms and procedures; (2) the significance of my own reading and writing activities in the process of ‘making sense’; and (3) the role of reading and writing in what I have called ‘difficult moments’. The paper concludes with a reflection on the potential of autoethnography for social sciences generally and literacy studies more particularly.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Ethnography|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||autoethnography ; pregnancy ; literacy practices ; antenatal care ; Pregnancy Notes|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language|
|Deposited By:||Dr Uta Papen|
|Deposited On:||16 Dec 2008 09:53|
|Last Modified:||08 Feb 2016 01:02|
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