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"Women's Obligation to Motherhood": A discourse analysis of the anti-abortion debate in Chile
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The objective with this study is to locate discourses within the anti-abortion debate in Chile and analyze these. The discourses will be contextualized with a historical perspective and the pro- abortion arguments. Based upon what was encountered during research, two themes selected were The Right to Motherhood and The Right to Life. The two themes were analyzed from a power, gender, class, body and normative lifeline perspective. The conclusion was that the anti- abortion debate in Chile is strongly connected to the discourse on motherhood and the natural body. These two discourses show that the debate in Chile becomes stale and unprogressive while the idea that women only become real women through motherhood exist. Women have an obligation to become mothers in order to receive a higher position within the Chilean society as well as be regarded real women. The conclusion will show that motherhood is a cultural signifier in Chile, and an act where one perform one's gender. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 35 p.
National Category
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194287OAI: diva2:604825
Subject / course
Gender research
Educational program
Freestanding course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-05-27 Created: 2013-02-12 Last updated: 2013-05-27Bibliographically approved

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