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Indulgence versus restraint: a discussion of embodied eating practices of pregnant Australian women

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Nash, M, Indulgence versus restraint: a discussion of embodied eating practices of pregnant Australian women, Journal of Sociology, 51, (3) pp. 478-491. ISSN 1440-7833 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1440783312474357

Abstract

This article focuses on ‘health’ discourses in pregnancy as interpretive repertoires for shaping embodiment and creating ‘good’ mothers. Drawing on qualitative data, I argue that pregnancy is an extended period of biomedical and cultural surveillance and intensive self-regulation and government. I examine experiences of ‘cravings’ and restricting eating from my sample of pregnant Australian informants to demonstrate this. Eating was also a socio-cultural mechanism for the maintenance of bodily boundaries. ‘Public’ discourses of maternal responsibility are shown to be in conflict with informants’ ‘inside’, ‘private’ lived experiences of eating.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:body image, eating, fat, food, pregnancy, risk
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Women's Health
Author:Nash, M (Dr Meredith Nash)
ID Code:82370
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-01-29
Last Modified:2017-12-14
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