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Anticipatory Regimes in Pregnancy: Cross-Fertilising Reproduction and Parenting Culture Studies.

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Peer-reviewed

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Authors

Ballif, Edmée 

Abstract

Despite attempts at highlighting continuities across the reproductive process from conception to childcare, reproduction and parenting still tend to be studied as a collection of separate objects. This article contributes to the cross-fertilisation of reproductive and parenting culture studies by first introducing anticipation as a transversal analytical lens. A conceptual framework for the analysis of anticipatory regimes in reproduction is introduced with a focus on subjectification effects and future images. Second, the importance of pregnancy as a connector between reproduction and parenting is highlighted. These propositions are fleshed out with reference to an ethnography of pregnancy care in Switzerland. The results demonstrate that pregnant women are expected to act as anticipating agents and that foetuses are treated as future children. Future images reveal how prenatal care reproduces gender norms. Analysing anticipatory regimes contributes to discussions of power relations in prenatal care, the stratification of reproduction and challenges to reproductive justice.

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Peer reviewed: True

Keywords

Switzerland, anticipation, foetus, parenting, pregnancy, reproduction, risk, temporality, time

Journal Title

Sociology

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Journal ISSN

0038-0385
1469-8684

Volume Title

57

Publisher

SAGE Publications
Sponsorship
Université de Lausanne (Early Postdoc.Mobility grant no. 191275)
Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (Doc.Mobility P1LAP1_148504)