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Can childfreedom be seen as an act of resistance?: An analysis of its effects on individual identity and the norm.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores untheorized themes of pronatalism and childfreedom in Lithuania. Through an analysis of interviews of childfree women, I show the prevalence of a pronatalist norm in Lithuanian society, and how it’s challenged by the phenomenon of childfreedom. I examine women’s paths to childfreedom, the normative pressure they experience, and their views of their position. Pronatalist pressure transforms, when challenged by childfreedom, and especially when it is openly declared. I show that pronatalism is not easily challenged and childfreedom impacts both - the norm and the women, transgressing it. I argue that childfreedom can be seen as an act of resistance to the pronatalist norm, yet this view is restricted by significant limitations.

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2017. , p. 96
Keywords [en]
Pronatalism, normativity, childfreedom, resistance, women, queer
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Humanities Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-134932ISRN: LIU-TEMA G/GSIC2-A-16/006-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-134932DiVA, id: diva2:1078211
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Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Two Year
Presentation
2017-02-13, Faros, Temahuset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:10 (English)
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Available from: 2017-03-09 Created: 2017-03-02 Last updated: 2017-03-09Bibliographically approved

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