Project Retraditionalisierung pränatal? Eine empirische Analyse von Geburtsvorbereitungskursen und Schwangerenforen

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Title:
Retraditionalisierung pränatal? Eine empirische Analyse von Geburtsvorbereitungskursen und Schwangerenforen
Duration:
01/12/2016 to 30/11/2019
Abstract / short description:
The project focusses on the formation of gender-differentiated division of labor and care at the transition to parenthood and the significance of antenatal classes and internet forums for pregnant women in this process. While there is empirical evidence for a traditionalization in the division of household labor in the time around the first childbirth, the causes therefore are still undetermined. Contrary to other studies on this subject our analysis is based on the assumption that the process of traditionalization already starts during the preparation of the birth. So, we expect the still largely unexplored institution of antenatal classes to play a key role here. Therefore we want to conduct an ethnographic research in German antenatal classes which are traditionally led by a midwife and try to find out whether the knowledge learned in the classes implies specific normative expectation for the mothers-to-be. We assume that the contents covered in the antenatal classes contain certain schemes of interpretation about pregnancy, birth and parenthood which make the formation of a gender-differentiated division of labor and care more likely. In addition to the antenatal classes we also want to conduct an ethnography of internet forums for pregnant women as another form of knowledge transfer for birth preparation. Finally, the results of both ethnographic studies shall get connected with current debates in the Sociology of communication by making a comparison of both mediums of communication (body-based face-to-face interaction vs. computer-mediated, merely linguistic communication) and their significance for knowledge transfer.
This project will be the first systematically analysis of German antenatal classes and their potential impact on processes of traditionalization.
Keywords:
sociology
Soziologie

Staff

Managers

Institute of Sociology
Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Local organizational units

Institute of Sociology
Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Funders

Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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