Care(less) encounters: early maternal distress and the haunted clinic

Stone, M, Kokanovic, R and Broom, A 2018, 'Care(less) encounters: early maternal distress and the haunted clinic', Subjectivity, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 108-127.


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Title Care(less) encounters: early maternal distress and the haunted clinic
Author(s) Stone, M
Kokanovic, R
Broom, A
Year 2018
Journal name Subjectivity
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 108
End page 127
Total pages 20
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract In this paper we consider early maternal distress and clinical care, drawing on narratives of women interviewed to populate an Australian health information website. We consider the notion of 'care barriers', which has become popular in the biomedical literature as a means of explaining why 'not enough' women seek out clinical care. As an alternative to barriers we propose 'care entanglements', offering a way of conceptualizing socioculturally situated and biographically embedded formalized care. In part we argue that clinical encounters are 'haunted' by women's biographies, circulating discourses, and the relational clinical moment, which accounts for why some women reject formalized care. However we also contend that many women have in fact already 'slipped through' to the clinic, whether this be in their adoption of medical language to describe their distress, or in their enactments in designated clinical spaces. Finally we reflect more broadly on the maternal, care and distress.
Subject Sociology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Maternity
Clinical care
Subjectivity
Narrative
Psychoanalysis
PND
DOI - identifier 10.1057/s41286-018-0047-0
Copyright notice © Macmillan Publishers Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2018
ISSN 1755-6341
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