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“What Feels Right”: Affect, Emotion, and the Limitations of Infant-Feeding Policy

Faircloth, Charlotte (2013) “What Feels Right”: Affect, Emotion, and the Limitations of Infant-Feeding Policy. Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, 34 (4). pp. 345-358. ISSN 1554-477X. (doi:10.1080/1554477X.2013.835678) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:36371)

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Abstract

This article explores the place of “feeling” in women's decisions around infant feeding (and specifically long-term breastfeeding). The argument is that policymakers and academics often overlook feeling (or an affective/emotional perspective) in favor of a focus on “informed choice” as a means of understanding and influencing behavior in this area of social life. In exploring the relationship between ideologies and bodily practices, this article therefore suggests that attention to affect and emotion might be useful in coming to a more nuanced view of how, why, and when individuals make the decisions that they do. Rather than advocating policymaking in this intimate sphere, however, the intention is to consider some of the implications of this approach for academic work around individual decision making and the regulation of society more broadly.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/1554477X.2013.835678
Uncontrolled keywords: infant feeding, breastfeeding, policy, informed choice, affect
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 11:16 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36371 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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