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‘Golden age’ versus ‘Bad Old Days’: A Discursive Examination of Advice-Giving in Antenatal Classes

Locke, Abigail and Horton-Salway, Mary (2010). ‘Golden age’ versus ‘Bad Old Days’: A Discursive Examination of Advice-Giving in Antenatal Classes. Journal of Health Psychology, 15(8) pp. 1214–1224.

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Childbirth is seen as a medical event,and pregnancy, a time when parents-to-be are in need of advice. This article
provides a discursive analysis of how such advice is given in antenatal classes. Using audio-recorded data from National Childbirth Trust (NCT)antenatal classes, we analyse how class leaders talk to class members about
pregnancy, childbirth and infant care.We identify a pattern of advice giving in which class leaders construct
‘golden age’ or ‘bad old days’ stories variably to contrast the practices of the past (‘then’) with current practices
(‘now’). These contrasting repertoires operate against a backdrop of medicalization and societal expectations that are both current and out-dated, providing a constitutive
framework to support class leaders’ evaluations and advice on pregnancy,childbirth and infant care.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1461-7277
Extra Information: First published on May 14, 2010
Keywords: advice giving; childbirth; discursive psychology; medicalization; pregnancy; then and now stories; ante-natal classes; discourse analysis
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
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Item ID: 12439
Depositing User: Mary Horton-Salway
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2011 18:14
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 09:41
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