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  • Evolution of the portuguese addiction treatment system 1958-2014
    imagem do documento Evolution of the portuguese addiction treatment system

    ​Author: João Pedro Augusto



  • Sanctioning Pregnancy: A Psychological Perspective on the Paradoxes and Culture of Research (Women and Psychology)

    Authors: ​​ Harriet Gross, Helen Pattison 


    "Pregnancy provides a very public, visual confirmation of femininity. It is a time of rapid physical and psychological adjustment for women and is surrounded by stereotyping, taboos and social expectations. This book seeks to examine these popular attitudes towards pregnancy and to consider how they influence women’s experiences of being pregnant. 
    Sanctioning Pregnancy offers a unique critique of sociocultural constructions of pregnancy and the ways in which it is represented in contemporary culture, and examines the common myths which exist about diet, exercise and work in pregnancy, alongside notions of risk and media portrayals of pregnant women. Topics covered include: 
    • Do pregnant women change their diet and why?
    • Is memory really impaired in pregnancy?
    • How risky behaviour is defined from exercise to employment
    • The biomedical domination of pregnancy research.


    Different theoretical standpoints are critically examined, including a medico-scientific model, feminist perspectives and bio-psychosocial and psychodynamic approaches." 
    Available on paper in this Documentation Centre
  • Embodying Culture : Pregnancy in Japan and Israel
    imagem do livro Embodying Culture : Pregnancy in Japan and Israel

    Autor: Tsipy Ivry 

    "Embodying Culture is an ethnographically grounded exploration of pregnancy in two different cultures—Japan and Israel—both of which medicalize pregnancy. Tsipy Ivry focuses on "low-risk" or "normal" pregnancies, using cultural comparison to explore the complex relations among ethnic ideas about procreation, local reproductive politics, medical models of pregnancy care, and local modes of maternal agency.  

    The ethnography pieces together the voices of pregnant Japanese and Israeli women, their doctors, their partners, the literature they read, and depicts various clinical encounters such as ultrasound scans, explanatory classes for amniocentesis, birthing classes, and special pregnancy events. The emergent pictures suggest that athough experiences of pregnancy in Japan and Israel differ, pregnancy in both cultures is an energy-consuming project of meaning-making— suggesting that the sense of biomedical technologies are not only in the technologies themselves but are assigned by those who practice and experience them." 

    Available on paper in this Documentation Centre