Chinese women's rhetorical agency in reproduction and social media

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Humanities


This research examines twenty pregnant women’s and new mothers’ posts on the 2017/2018 number-one childbirth and parenting app in China, named Baby Tree, to see how these women have written their embodied experience of pregnancy and mothering into the online narratives and stories. This study also examines how women respond to China’s dominant and hegemonic healthcare and medical discourse and practice while simultaneously asserting their rhetorical agency politically and economically through online writing.

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SIGDOC '19: The 37th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication Proceedings