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The civil society, gender, and childbirth activism in the Czech Republic: (re)establishing the alternatives

Citace:
HREŠANOVÁ, E. The civil society, gender, and childbirth activism in the Czech Republic: (re)establishing the alternatives. Praha, 2015.
Druh: PŘEDNÁŠKA, POSTER
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: The civil society, gender, and childbirth activism in the Czech Republic: (re)establishing the alternatives
Rok vydání: 2015
Autoři: Mgr. Ema Hrešanová Ph.D.
Abstrakt EN: Since the fall of the communist regime, Czechs have been involved in the process of re-establishing the civil society. Many scholars point out that this process has been deeply gendered; the gender composition of the highly feminised NGO sector stands in sharp contrast to the men-dominated high level party politics. Such a genderedness is even more apparent in the field of birthcare, which recently became a subject of numerous public debates. Childbirth turned to be a crucial driving force of a dynamic health-related social movement criticising allegedly paternalistic and patriarchal birth care system. This paper discusses attempts of childbirth activists to establish alternatives in the Czech birthcare system and the Czech civil society in general. In particular, it focuses on the gendered dimension of this process. It builds on a long-term ethnography of the Czech childbirth movement employing a wide range of qualitative research methods, especially qualitative in-depth and narrative interviews and the so-called 'netnography' - studying childbirth activists' online activities.
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