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Stigma resistance in online childfree communities: the limitations of choice rhetoric

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dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-07 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T17:04:00Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T17:04:00Z
dc.date.issued 2015-09-08 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1808
dc.description.abstract People who are voluntarily childless, or 'childfree' face considerable stigma. Researchers have begun to explore how these individuals respond to stigma, usually focusing on interpersonal stigma management strategies. We explored participants' responses to stigma in a way that is cognisant of broader social norms and gender power relations. Using a feminist discursive psychology framework, we analysed women's and men's computer-assisted communication about their childfree status. Our analysis draws attention to identity work. In the context of stigma. We show how the strategic use of choice. Rhetoric allowed participants to avoid stigmatised identities and was used in two contradictory ways. On the one hand, participants drew on a childfree-by-choice script, which enabled them to hold a positive identity of themselves as autonomous, rational, and responsible decision makers. On the other hand, they mobilised a 'disavowal of choice script'. That allowed a person who is unable to choose childlessness (for various reasons) to hold a blameless identity regarding deviation from the norm of parenthood. We demonstrate how choice rhetoric allowed participants to resist stigma and challenge pronatalism to some extent; we discuss the political potential of these scripts for reproductive freedom. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Sage en
dc.subject STIGMATISATION en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.subject CHILDLESSNESS en
dc.title Stigma resistance in online childfree communities: the limitations of choice rhetoric en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume August en
dc.BudgetYear 2015/16 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle Psychology of Women Quarterly en
dc.PlaceOfPublication London, United Kingdom en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8795 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 7546 en
dc.bibliographictitle Morison, T., Macleod, C., Lynch, I., Mijas, M. & Shivakumar, S.T. (2015) Stigma resistance in online childfree communities: the limitations of choice rhetoric. <i>Psychology of Women Quarterly</i>. August:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Morison, T. en
dc.contributor.author2 Macleod, C. en
dc.contributor.author3 Lynch, I. en
dc.contributor.author4 Mijas, M. en
dc.contributor.author5 Shivakumar, S.T. en

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