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Birth stories: Childbirth, remembrance and 'everyday' heritage.

Boyer, Kate ORCID:, Hunter, Billie ORCID: and Davis, Angela 2021. Birth stories: Childbirth, remembrance and 'everyday' heritage. Emotion, Space and Society 41 , 100841. 10.1016/j.emospa.2021.100841

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Based on the work of critical and feminist heritage scholars who have argued that heritage sites need to pay more attention to everyday experience, we argue that the omission of birth stories from mainstream heritage sites is a problem that needs rectifying. Through an analysis of oral histories undertaken with mothers and midwives in mid 20th Century Wales, we trace out key themes on which such a project could focus, highlighting themes of corporeality, emotions and sense of place. We conclude by signaling some of the steps that would be needed to make such a project happen, and suggest that this move would not only extend understanding of “everyday” heritage, but also add greater depth and nuance to how place is narrated within such spaces.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1755-4586
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 November 2021
Date of Acceptance: 6 September 2021
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 06:27

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