Social mobilisation around the act of childbirth: subjectivity and politics

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Gosden, Diane and Noble, Carolyn (2000) Social mobilisation around the act of childbirth: subjectivity and politics. Health sociology review, 10 (1). pp. 69-79. ISSN 1446-1242


This article explores subjective and political dimensions of the home birth movement which emerged in public discourse in Australia from the late 1970s. In re-defining their subjectivity around the act of childbirth, women participants created an emancipatory social movement that encouraged other women to resist medical/state control over that aspect of their lives. As they fought collectively to establish their right to birth at home, the personal and the political became entwined in their rejection of the dominant codes concerning childbirth.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords birth stories, childbirth, home birth, material discourse, social mobilisation, social movement, subjectivity
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