Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Monday, May 26 1:45pm-3:15pm Vallee-299

Primary Session Category: Sociology of Health
Session Code: SoHe3
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: While abortion has been extensively studied by feminist sociologists, up until now far less attention has been paid to the experience of ‘involuntary pregnancy loss’, defined here as miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.  This situation is changing with more scholars turning their attention to deaths which occur at the beginning of life (see, for example, Davidson, 2011).  Layne (2003), among others, has argued that women are ill-prepared for such losses. Indeed, as technologies of medicine provide more and more ‘knowledge’ about life inside the womb, parents are encouraged to construct the foetus in terms of a child earlier than ever before.  Such medicalisation also allows parents to assume that there will be a live baby at the end of a pregnancy and so the death of the foetus/baby therefore, shakes the ontological security of the men and women who experience it (Murphy, 2009).  We propose a 90-minute regular session with up to 4 presentations to allow scholars working in this area the chance to showcase and discuss their work and consider the current state of research in this area in order to identify future research topics.

Session Organizers:
Samantha Murphy,
Deborah Davidson, York University, Sociology

Chair: Deborah Davidson


1.     Samantha Murphy   

 As good as it can be? Stillbirth and the good birth and good death

2.     Karina Romo Medrano  

Pregnancy Loss in Mexico City

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