Authors Archives: Maureen O'Dougherty

Plot and Irony in Childbirth Narratives of Middle-Class Brazilian Women

Abstract Brazil’s rate of cesarean deliveries is among the highest in the world and constitutes the majority of childbirths in private hospitals. This study examines ways middle-class Brazilian women are exercising agency in this context. It draws from sociolinguistics to examine narrative structure and dramatic properties of 120 childbirth narratives of 68 low- to high-income […]

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