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I explore what silence surrounding abortion means to women in their everyday lives and the composition of their selfhood. My analysis is based on one-year of ethnographic fieldwork consisting of 20 interviews with women from the Faroe Islands and participant observation. Building upon theoretical frameworks of belonging and subjectivity studies, I discuss women’s silent maneuverings from an understanding of freedom of choice and power as complex entities and expand on the dimensions of belonging and nonbelonging. I find that women’s silent maneuverings are a navigational strategy made in a quest for belonging, and propose the concept of performed belonging.
Hermannsdóttir, T. (2022). Maneuvering in Silence: Abortion Narratives and Reproductive Life Histories from the Faroe Islands. Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, 41(8), 810–823. https://doi.org/10.1080/01459740.2022.2115368
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