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TitleDeconstructing idealized motherhood: the extreme case of neonaticidal women
Author(s)Saavedra, Luísa
Cameira, Miguel
KeywordsNeonaticide
Feminisms
Motherhood
violence
intersectionality
Issue date2018
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalFeminist Criminology
Abstract(s)In this article, we provide a feminist perspective on neonaticidal women while critically examining the mainstream literature. We analyze 26 cases reported between 2003 and 2013 in a Portuguese online newspaper. We conclude that neonaticide must be framed by two main lines of thought: Motherhood is a social construction that imposes difficult-to-achieve norms, and it is a complex experience, intercepted by age, social class, marital status, and having other children. This approach should encourage a shift from the present focus on palliative and punitive measures to a more preemptive one including new policies on sexual education and pregnancy termination.
TypeArticle
DescriptionFirst Published January 29, 2017.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/53742
DOI10.1177/1557085116688779
ISSN1557-0851
Peer-Reviewedyes
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