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Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Infertility and Intimacy in an Online Community

Authors: Billett, Paulina, Sawyer, Anne-Maree

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  • Explores the human aspect of the infertility experience
  • Offers academics, students and practitioners a resource with which to understand the emotional and social impacts of infertility and its treatment
  • Seeks to show that infertility goes beyond a set of technological processes, but involves a struggle to redefine identity outside the traditional parameters of fertility and motherhood
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About this book

This book explores an online support group for women who are infertile. Offering a close-up view of the women’s identities and emotions as they navigate the “roller-coaster” world of infertility, a range of questions are addressed: How do the women seek support? How do they offer support to one another? How are intimacies produced in the online space? Through narrative analysis of online journals and posts, the authors examine the impact of infertility on women’s perceptions of their bodies, their struggles with medical professionals, on their relationships with family and friends, and the challenges that a diagnosis of infertility presents to couples.

Infertility and Intimacy in an Online Community will appeal to social scientists, students from a range of health science disciplines, counsellors and health professionals, and women and men who are dealing with infertility.  

About the authors

Paulina Billett is Lecturer in Sociology at La Trobe University, Australia. Her current research centres on the experiences of women and explores issues of identity formation and lived experience.

Anne-Maree Sawyer is Lecturer in Sociology at La Trobe University, Australia. Her current research focuses on mental health policy and practice, emotion management and the micro-politics of care, and women’s narratives in retirement.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook £43.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-44981-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £54.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-44980-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Infertility and Intimacy in an Online Community
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44981-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-44981-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-44980-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 215
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