Reproductive Lives: Family and Health Work Across Three Generations

Lay Summary 

How do women experience reproductive health? How is knowledge about health issues transmitted from one generation to the next? Utilizing sociological and feminist lenses, Reproducing Women argues that women experience reproductive health as a part of their entire life story, rather than as discrete medical “problems.” Drawing together stories and interviews with three generations of women across twenty-four families, this book examines women’s experience of their “reproductive lives” in order to uncover how women’s experience is rooted in the family and among generational relationships: between mother, daughter, grandmother and granddaughter. By placing women’s biological and embodied experiences, including issues such as menarche, contraception, sexual intercourse, childbirth and menopause, in a social and cultural context, women’s broader roles in ‘social reproduction’ are revealed

Departments 
Community Health and Humanities
Sociology
Funding 
SSHRC IDRC
Communities 
St. John's
Locations 
Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada
Themes 
Family
Maternal health
Reproductive Health
Women
Gender Issues
Industry Sectors 
Health Care and Social Assistance
Scientific Research and Development Services
Start date 
1 Jan 2012