Negotiating mothering against the odds: Gastrostomy tube feeding, stigma, governmentality and disabled children

Title

Negotiating mothering against the odds: Gastrostomy tube feeding, stigma, governmentality and disabled children

Creator

Craig GM; Scambler G

Publisher

Social Science & Medicine

Date

2005

Subject

PedPal Lit; Nutritional Failure

Description

Using the findings of a small-scale qualitative investigation based on in-depth interviews with mothers attending a tertiary paediatric referral centre in London, this paper explores professional and parental discourses in relation to gastrostomy tube feeding and disabled children. Detailed accounts are given of women's struggles to negotiate their identities, and those of their children, within dominant discourses of mothering and child-centredness. Constructions of feeding practices as coercive conflict with normative expectations of 'good mothering' and the 'idealised autonomous' child. Although notions of 'stigmatised identities' featured in women's accounts of feeding children, both orally and by tube, stigma fails to explain why mothers are rendered culpable within expert discourses. Prevailing theories of stigma and coping are interrogated and judged to be more descriptive than explanatory. Felt stigma is posited as an aspect of governmentality.
2005

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Type

Journal Article

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Citation

Craig GM; Scambler G, “Negotiating mothering against the odds: Gastrostomy tube feeding, stigma, governmentality and disabled children,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 19, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13664.

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