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Pregnancy starts with a literacy event:pregnancy and ante-natal care as texctually mediated social experiences.

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 1466-1381

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
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
ID Code: 21109
Deposited By: Dr Uta Papen
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2008 09:53
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:24
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/21109

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