TITLE

Amish Femininity

AUTHOR(S)
JOLLY, NATALIE
PUB. DATE
October 2014
SOURCE
Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research & Community In;Fall2014, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p75
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
I consider how a woman is expected to do gender may influence how she is expected to do birth. I ask how mainstream norms of femininity, particularly those that celebrate passivity and weakness, manifest in a woman's particular experience of childbirth. As a counterpoint, I examine how gender norms associated with Amish femininity shape Amish women's experience of birth. I present an ethnographic account of three aspects of Old Order Amish birth based on the criteria developed by Sarah Jane Brubaker and Heather Dillaway and consider (1) details of the birth setting, (2) issues of control, and (3) how the use of medical technology (or lack thereof ) may be seen to influence a woman's birth experience. I draw on two years of participant-observer data to show how practices such as midwife-attended unmedicated homebirth come to possess specific social meaning for Amish women, and are tied to how Amish women do gender. I conclude by suggesting that a discourse of femininity valuing hard work, body confidence, and shared power constructs an environment where the work of labor is equated with accomplishment rather than something distasteful to be avoided, and may create a social context within which women can do birth differently.
ACCESSION #
118878555

 

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