Somewhere there's a silver lining : women's experiences of infertility on the Cape Flats

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Salo, Elaine en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Davids, Bianca en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-08T04:46:43Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-08T04:46:43Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Davids, B. 2008. Somewhere there's a silver lining : women's experiences of infertility on the Cape Flats. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14705
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 286-297). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract In the communities of the Cape Flats, it is expected that all women will bear children and become mothers. Motherhood serves as a social and cultural indicator of femininity and enables women to access social and economic networks that knit them into community. The social and cultural valorization of motherhood in these communities has informed the powerful stigmatization of infertility (or the involuntary nonconformance to motherhood). The stigma associated with infertility affects women in particular, because the inability to bear children is commonly perceived to be a woman's problem. This study explores the cultural constructions of infertility. It examines in particular, the diverse cultural meanings and the stigma associated with infertility. The examination of these cultural meanings challenges the notion that infertility should only be examined in the biomedical realm. My research was conducted over a seven month period with six infertile women and with women who have borne children from different areas on the Cape Flats. The infertile women were the primary informants. Other informants included the mothers with whom the focus group was conducted and specialist informants who were healthcare professionals. The participants were recruited through the primary health care clinic in Manenberg, the network of community newspapers, The Daily Voice and through my own social network. Qualitative research methods were used. The study also used participatory research methods involved because the participants played an active role in the construction of the research process and interview schedules. The primary information used was obtained from in-depth interviews and journals kept by the infertile women. For comparative purposes, a focus group was conducted with a group of mothers. The study illustrates that on the Cape Flats, infertility is constructed as a major cultural and social problem for women. The stigma attached to infertility draws its power from the social and cultural meanings associated with inability of infertile women to live up to the expectation that every adult woman will become a mother. The effects of the social stigma of infertility are especially profound. As I show, bio-medicine does offer some solution, but only to the few who can afford it. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Gender Studies en_ZA
dc.subject.other Infertility en_ZA
dc.subject.other Stigma en_ZA
dc.title Somewhere there's a silver lining : women's experiences of infertility on the Cape Flats en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Gender Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Davids, B. (2008). <i>Somewhere there's a silver lining : women's experiences of infertility on the Cape Flats</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Gender Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14705 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Davids, Bianca. <i>"Somewhere there's a silver lining : women's experiences of infertility on the Cape Flats."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Gender Studies, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14705 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Davids B. Somewhere there's a silver lining : women's experiences of infertility on the Cape Flats. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Gender Studies, 2008 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14705 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Davids, Bianca AB - In the communities of the Cape Flats, it is expected that all women will bear children and become mothers. Motherhood serves as a social and cultural indicator of femininity and enables women to access social and economic networks that knit them into community. The social and cultural valorization of motherhood in these communities has informed the powerful stigmatization of infertility (or the involuntary nonconformance to motherhood). The stigma associated with infertility affects women in particular, because the inability to bear children is commonly perceived to be a woman's problem. This study explores the cultural constructions of infertility. It examines in particular, the diverse cultural meanings and the stigma associated with infertility. The examination of these cultural meanings challenges the notion that infertility should only be examined in the biomedical realm. My research was conducted over a seven month period with six infertile women and with women who have borne children from different areas on the Cape Flats. The infertile women were the primary informants. Other informants included the mothers with whom the focus group was conducted and specialist informants who were healthcare professionals. The participants were recruited through the primary health care clinic in Manenberg, the network of community newspapers, The Daily Voice and through my own social network. Qualitative research methods were used. The study also used participatory research methods involved because the participants played an active role in the construction of the research process and interview schedules. The primary information used was obtained from in-depth interviews and journals kept by the infertile women. For comparative purposes, a focus group was conducted with a group of mothers. The study illustrates that on the Cape Flats, infertility is constructed as a major cultural and social problem for women. The stigma attached to infertility draws its power from the social and cultural meanings associated with inability of infertile women to live up to the expectation that every adult woman will become a mother. The effects of the social stigma of infertility are especially profound. As I show, bio-medicine does offer some solution, but only to the few who can afford it. DA - 2008 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2008 T1 - Somewhere there's a silver lining : women's experiences of infertility on the Cape Flats TI - Somewhere there's a silver lining : women's experiences of infertility on the Cape Flats UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14705 ER - en_ZA


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