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Pregnancy and Miscarriage in Qatar: Women, Reproduction and the State

Kilshaw, S; (2020) Pregnancy and Miscarriage in Qatar: Women, Reproduction and the State. [Book]. (1st ed.). I.B. Tauris: London, UK.

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Abstract

As the bearers of the next generation in one of the richest countries in the world, the social status of Qatari women is closely linked to their ability to have children. Women are expected to reflect the cultural and religious values attached to motherhood, and not having children puts women in a potentially vulnerable position. But Qatari women must also play an essential role in reflecting the country as a centre of Arab modernity, availing themselves of the new opportunities in work, politics and public life. This book explores the changing role of women in Qatari society and analyses how Qatari women navigate the competing expectations placed upon them. Based on original interviews with pregnant women and women who have experienced miscarriage - as well as interviews with doctors, religious scholars and family members - the book reveals how socio-cultural forces shape the way miscarriage is framed and experienced. It also reveals how intimate reproductive events are deeply entangled with broader societal and political issues. In exploring the themes of reproduction, motherhood and family relationships, this unique study sheds light on the values and beliefs circulating in Qatari society and how these are mapped on to women's bodies.

Type: Book
Title: Pregnancy and Miscarriage in Qatar: Women, Reproduction and the State
ISBN-13: 9781838607357
Publisher version: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/pregnancy-and-miscar...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions. // The text in this record is Chapter 8: "Reproductive Disruptions: Spectrum of Compromised Fertility".
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/10096793
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