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dc.contributor.authorRadu, Irina-
dc.contributor.authorGouilhers, Solène-
dc.contributor.authorHammer, Raphaël-
dc.contributor.authorMeyer, Yvonne-
dc.contributor.authorPehlke-Milde, Jessica-
dc.description.abstractGovernmentality principles of risk-aversion and individual responsibility have long permeated the realm of family, framing good parenthood as risk-averse parenthood. This also applies to pregnancy, an incipient phase of the transition to parenthood. Here research shows that the role of managing risks for the foetus lies mainly with the woman. The role of male partners during this stage, however, has been underexamined in the sociological literature. Our study focuses on expecting couples and their experience with and perception of alcohol risk during pregnancy, as well as the construction of boundaries between “harmful”, “risky” and “safe” alcohol consumption habits. To this end, we conducted separate qualitative interviews with 46 couples living in Switzerland. Our findings indicate that most expecting parents perceive abstinence, or significant reduction of alcohol consumption, as an integral part of good parenthood. Women in particular, feel responsible for the management of alcohol related risk and uncertainty, which involves an on-going monitoring of their daily habits and bodily sensations, as well as navigating conflicting norms within daily life, work, sociability and coupledom. In this ongoing process of risk monitoring, male partners take on a secondary role, referencing information and risk appraisals provided by the women, and sometimes providing support in situations of uncertainty. Most men reduce their alcohol consumption marginally. “Shared abstinence” as a way of supporting the women’s abstinence efforts, is seen as ideal but unattainable, by some pregnant women, and as ineffectual, by others. Male partners, meanwhile, stress their willingness to reduce consumption to a similar degree, if asked by their partners. Ultimately, we find that the management of alcohol risk during pregnancy contributes to the (re)production of gendered norms of good parenthood, where the future mother is primarily in charge of the child’s health and wellbeing, and the future father inhabits a secondary, supportive role.de_CH
dc.rightsLicence according to publishing contractde_CH
dc.subjectAlcohol riskde_CH
dc.subjectRisk during pregnancyde_CH
dc.subjectGood parenthoodde_CH
dc.subjectGender normde_CH
dc.subject.ddc618: Geburtsmedizin und Hebammenarbeitde_CH
dc.title“I will not put myself above my child” – managing alcohol risk and (re)producing gendered norms of good parenthood during pregnancyde_CH
dc.typeKonferenz: Paperde_CH
zhaw.organisationalunitInstitut für Hebammen (IHB)de_CH
zhaw.conference.details2021 Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association : "Social Justice in Times of Uncertainty", Geneva, Switzerland (online), 28-30 June 2021de_CH
zhaw.publication.reviewPeer review (Abstract)de_CH
zhaw.webfeedFamilie und Aufwachsende_CH
zhaw.funding.zhawPaare und ihre Wahrnehmung des Alkoholkonsums während Schwangerschaft und Stillzeit: eine soziokulturelle Annäherung an ein „gewöhnliches Risiko“de_CH
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