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From pregnancy out of place to pregnancy in place: Across, within and between landscapes of meaning
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Centre for Cultural Sociology)
2017 (English)In: Ethnography, ISSN 1466-1381, E-ISSN 1741-2714, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 76-87Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Through his metaphor landscapes of meaning, Reed provides a way of looking at meaning in terms of how it explains action, with the assumption that action occurs within landscapes of meaning. However, my ethnographic evidence suggests that Reed’s metaphor needs to enlarge its scope. In doing this I use my research on immigrant girls in Sweden. The aim is to demonstrate that people can and do live across, within and between landscapes of meaning. This interstitiality can both produce extreme hardship and possibilities of freedom and agency. I share the story of one person, Nazira, who is negotiating with different social and cultural worlds. This allows her to criticize different cultural contexts and to work towards emergent cultural forms. I conclude by arguing that my ethnographical accounts could be used in support and as a critique of the theoretical understanding of landscapes of meaning within Reed’s interpretivist sociology.

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 18, no 1, p. 76-87
Keywords [en]
ethnography, cultural sociology, landscapes of meaning, gender, multicultural incorporation, Mary Douglas
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Social Anthropology
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Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45424DOI: 10.1177/1466138115592419ISI: 000396210400008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-45424DiVA, id: diva2:841241
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