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Shapes of motherhood: exploring postnatal body image through photographs


Nash, MB, Shapes of motherhood: exploring postnatal body image through photographs, Journal of Gender Studies, 24, (1) pp. 18-37. ISSN 1465-3869 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/09589236.2013.797340


This article contributes to, and extends, feminist and visual sociological scholarship by examining how a sample of pregnant women in Australia documented their postpartum experiences through digital photographs. It is argued that photography is powerful in helping women to articulate the ways in which subjectivities and bodily boundaries are reframed in the postpartum period. Dressing is used as a key example to demonstrate this. A further aim of this paper is to identify whether women's photographs can be used to contest dominant cultural ideologies and how we may read these using feminist perspectives. Throughout this article, women's individual embodied experiences of post-pregnancy are reflected in the production and viewing of their own photographic images.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:body image, celebrity, clothing, photograph, postnatal, visual culture
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nash, MB (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
ID Code:85549
Year Published:2015 (online first 2013)
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-07-17
Last Modified:2017-12-15

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