Struggling with choice: narrating reproductive practices
2015 (English)In: Ageing: culture & identity / [ed] Karlsson, Lena et al, Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2015, 65-93 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
In this article, we explore what the understanding of 'choice' does in a research project with the overall aim of deepening the knowledge of fertility patterns. The expression ’reproductive choices’ was central to the research project, and the authors were likely, in the first instance, to have taken for granted the discourse on choice as a way to think and talk about reproductive practice. Contextualising and understanding the interviewed women’s choices were important impetuses for the interviews, but we soon found ourselves struggling with some of the underlying assumptions of the project. Interviewees oscillated between an overall unwillingness to talk about marriage and childbearing in terms of choices, and the simultaneous presence of narrated as well as narrating agency. The narratives were primarily organised around two discourses, one discourse on ‘choice’ and one discourse on ‘contentment’. The analysis also engages in methodological reflections, thus including the often supposedly neutral researchers and research agendas in the discussion of the results.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2015. 65-93 p.
discourse of choice, reproduction, fertility, baby boom, narratives
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-107900ISBN: 978-91-7601-303-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-107900DiVA: diva2:849631