THE SOCIAL METAPHOR OF THE HUMAN BODY: Belly-stories. Feminine Stories About Body, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Anna Maria Kłonkowska 1, Magdalena Gajewska 1
1 - Uniwersytet Gdański
2015; 16 (1):
ICID: 1150837
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
Pregnancy is a biographically episodic time when the belly becomes the centre of the
feminine world. This time is characterized by the ambivalence of attitudes and moods
which are not only hormonally-based but result from the very act of experiencing bodily
transition and duplicating subjectivity, which leads to perturbations connected with the
distinction between the me-body and the me-mothering body (Lewis 2013). In this article
we analyse selected narrations by women about their bodies, pregnancy, childbirth and
maternity. We focus the analytical process on the somatic motif of the belly, which constitutes
the symbolic centre of perception of a woman’s own body during this time, its transformations
and social interactions dominating the world of the woman expecting a baby.
DOI: 10.5604/20842937.1150837

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