Fluid Experts: Lactation consultants as postmodern professional specialists

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dc.contributor.author Carroll, KE
dc.contributor.author Reiger, K
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T11:04:07Z
dc.date.issued 2005-01
dc.identifier.citation Health Sociology Review, 2005, 14 (2), pp. 101 - 110
dc.identifier.issn 1446-1242
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/15904
dc.description.abstract Since their accreditation as a professional specialty in 1985, lactation consultants have grown in number and prominence in maternity care. In North America and Australia, breastfeeding management is now a domain increasingly presided over by certified experts. This article explores the way in which this speciality has established a distinctive identity that straddles seemingly contradictory maternalist and medicalised discourses. Drawing on professional sources and on a small study of Victorian lactation consultants, it explores the shift from the maternalist imagery characteristic of voluntary breastfeeding support groups, to a more complex message about breastfeeding as a contemporary social practice. We argue that the way in which lactation consultants negotiate complex relationships with peers and clients gives rise to a fluid professional identity. This reflects not only their historical legacy and recent changes in health systems and professional roles, but also a postmodern cultural context, in which women negotiate their embodied identities as mothers, lovers and workers.
dc.publisher e-content management pty ltd
dc.title Fluid Experts: Lactation consultants as postmodern professional specialists
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Health Sociology Review
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 14
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 101 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 110 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1608 Sociology
dc.personcode 112253
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Sociology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Breastfeeding; lactation consultants; professions; sociology; maternity care en_US
dc.description.keywords climate change impacts, hydroelectricity schemes, Southern Africa, greenhouse gas emission
dc.description.keywords Breastfeeding
dc.description.keywords lactation consultants
dc.description.keywords professions
dc.description.keywords sociology
dc.description.keywords maternity care
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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