Abjectly Boundless: Boundaries, Bodies and Health Work by Trudy Rudge, Dave Holmes

By Trudy Rudge, Dave Holmes

Inside of numerous perform environments, future health execs frequently event emotions of disgust and repulsion in the direction of the presence of an abject item. Cadaverous, ill, disabled our bodies, minds, wounds, vomit and so on are all a part of wellbeing and fitness and care paintings and threaten the fresh and correct our bodies of these who adopt it, but this 'unclean' facet of health and wellbeing paintings is never accounted for in educational literature.
This quantity employs the paintings of Julia Kristeva via a number of case reviews drawn from care and nursing settings worldwide. It brings jointly paintings from researchers and practitioners in the social and future health sciences, the worrying professions and psychotherapy, to show and spotlight the $64000 effect of the concept that of abjection, which traditionally has been silenced within the health and wellbeing sciences.

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Hoddinott, P. 1996. Why Don’t Some Women Want to Breastfeed and How Might we Change their Attitudes? MPhil Thesis, Cardiff University of Wales, College of Medicine. Hoddinott, P. and Pill, R. 1999. Qualitative study of decisions about infant feeding among women in the East End of London. British Medical Journal, 318, 30–34. , Fox Keller, E. and Shuttleworth, S. 1990. Body Politics: Women and the Discourses of Science. New York: Routledge. Kristeva, J. 1982. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection.

First, representation of breastfeeding as fostering connectedness and intimacy between mother and child can contribute to an overly romanticized discourse of maternal identity. Some accounts support the notion of an ‘authentic’ or ‘true’ feminine self that is partly discovered and experienced via breastfeeding (see Dignam 1995, Hatrick 1997, Van Esterik 1989). Dignam, for example, believes women who are breastfeeding may use the intimacy engendered via the practice as an ‘identity tool’ through which the self can be more fully defined (1995: 480).

Royal College of Midwives. 1996. Successful Breastfeeding. London: Churchill Livingstone. Rubin, R. 1984. Maternal Identity and the Maternal Experience. New York: Springer. Sichtermann, B. 1983. Femininity: The Politics of the Personal. Cambridge: Polity Press. Smith, J. H. 1997. The economic value of breastfeeding, in Australia. Paper presented at ‘Breastfeeding: The Natural Advantage’ Nursing Mothers’ Association of Australia International Breastfeeding Conference, Sydney, 23–25 October, 200–222.

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