Care, Choice, Reproductive Autonomy and the Future: The case of M/otherhood

Quaid, Sheila (2020) Care, Choice, Reproductive Autonomy and the Future: The case of M/otherhood. In: CASS Seminar Series, 28 Oct 2020, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This project explores the impact of societal ideologies surrounding maternal identities on ‘child free’ women. Maternal ideologies carry ideas about the inevitability of motherhood. These affect women without children who are positioned as ‘other’ in such cultural narratives. Lives and choices are shaped by these powerful assumptions and reproductive autonomy remains contested. The aim of this discrete study of ‘child free’ women is to reveal the impacts of maternal ideologies. Specifically, how tensions arise in workplaces, families and relationships between mothers and ‘child free’ women. The methodological approach is designed to capture diversity of voices and narratives of women without children. The project will be produced through data collection with mixed methods and intersectional sampling of ‘child free’ women. New knowledge produced in this research potentially contributes to equality and diversity agendas and could support professionals seeking meaningful equality strategies that are inclusive of all women and men.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Psychology > Social Psychology
Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Centre for Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Sheila Quaid
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2020 15:21
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2020 15:01
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12745
ORCID for Sheila Quaid: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5218-7135

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