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God's Design; Thwarted Plans: Women's Experience of Miscarriage in Qatar and in England

Kilshaw, S; (2020) God's Design; Thwarted Plans: Women's Experience of Miscarriage in Qatar and in England. In: Kilshaw, S and Borg, K, (eds.) Navigating Miscarriage. Berghahn: New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Through an exploration of two settings, Qatar and England, this chapter makes sense of women’s experiences of miscarriage, particularly the way they are impacted by the social landscape in which reproduction is embedded. I argue that expectations of reproductive agency produce anxiety about uncertain fertility futures and increase notions of culpability. Qatar and England provide an opportunity to compare and explore the tensions between reproductive choice and pregnancy loss because of the variation in reproductive experiences and reproductive agency. Such a comparison furthers analytic understandings of women’s responses to reproductive disruption by teasing out the way notions of agency impacts the experience. The chapter demonstrates how perceptions of avoiding miscarriage and being a “good”, “pre-conception” parent are situated within a broader cultivation of neoliberal citizens in England, compared with Qatari experiences where miscarriage is framed as reproductive proof. A comparative approach to reproduction exposes the opposing and fluid meanings of ‘control,’ and when fertility rates are viewed across a continuum.

Type: Book chapter
Title: God's Design; Thwarted Plans: Women's Experience of Miscarriage in Qatar and in England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/KilshawNavigat...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10096790
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