Join us for a journey through the fascinating history of motherhood, media, and medical expertise! Yael interviews professors Bethany Johnson and Margaret Quinlan about the causes and consequences of medicalizing pregnancy and childbirth, and how technology and culture have long created a message that mothers are doing it all wrong. Learn why we need to change that message, and how we can.
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In this episode, we explore the following questions:
- How have different forms of mothering expertise grown over history, and how has that development impacted women’s experience in mothering?
- What are some of the ways that social media proliferates expertise? How does the message of “you’re doing it wrong” impact our experience?
- What is the difference between lay and technical expertise and why does it matter for our mothering experience
- How has postpartum care evolved over time and what does that mean for the modern mothering experience?
- What strategies can we employ to combat the messages of “you’re doing it wrong”?
About Bethany Johnson and Margaret Quinlan
Bethany L. Johnson (MPhil, M.A.) is an instructor in history and an associate member to the graduate faculty and research affiliate faculty in the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies how science, medicine, and health discourses are framed and reproduced by institutions and individuals from the 19th century to the present. She has published in interdisciplinary journals such as Health Communication, Women & Language, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research and Women’s Reproductive Health.
Margaret M. Quinlan is an associate professor in the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She explores how communication creates, resists and transforms knowledge about bodies. She critiques power structures in order to empower individuals who are marginalized inside and outside of healthcare systems. She authored approximately 40 journal articles, 17 book chapters and co-produced documentaries in a regional Emmy award-winning series.
- You’re Doing it Wrong: Mothering, media, and medical expertise, by Bethany Johnson and Margaret Quinlan (30 percent discount available for our listeners if you use the code to make the purchase through this website. Code: 02AAAA17)
- Click here to head to Maggie and Bethany’s research page or here to get more information about their new book.
- You can find Maggie and Bethany on social media using the following links:
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/JQ_Research
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonQuinlanResearch/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnsonquinlanresearch/
- The Marketplace of the Marvelous, by Erika Janik
- Previous episodes we refer to during our conversation include an episode on Practical Wisdom with Barry Schwartz and our interview with Emily Oster in which we explore strategies to better decision-making in parenthood.
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