Using liminality to understand mothers' experiences of long-term breastfeeding: 'betwixt and between', and 'matter out of place'

Dowling, S. (2016) Using liminality to understand mothers' experiences of long-term breastfeeding: 'betwixt and between', and 'matter out of place'. In: Breastfeeding and the politics of embodiment., Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 2 March 2016. Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/28416

[img]
Preview
PDF
Available under License All Rights Reserved.

608kB

Abstract/Description

The embodied experience of breastfeeding can cause women to feel as if they are neither one thing nor another. This paper will consider the issue of long-term breastfeeding, using liminality to think about the experiences of a group of women who breastfeed beyond what is currently considered ‘normal’ in the UK. It draws on a qualitative study using micro-ethnographic methods, in which participant observation, face-to-face and online interviews were used to explore women’s experiences of long-term breastfeeding. Overall research findings will be discussed as well as considering how useful liminality is as a concept with which to understand them. Previous work has used liminality (the idea of being not one thing or another) to think about breastfeeding; here this is drawn on and developed to further understanding of the experiences of long-term breastfeeding. Themes identified highlight the challenges of engaging in a stigmatised, embodied, practice and in managing the personal and social consequences.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords:breastfeeding, long-term breastfeeding, liminality
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Nursing and Midwifery
ID Code:28416
Deposited By: Dr S. Dowling
Deposited On:14 Mar 2016 12:59
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 00:40

Request a change to this item

Total Document Downloads in Past 12 Months

Document Downloads

Total Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...