Making sense of Hysterectomy
The project inquire how aspects of modern identity and bodily being are constructed in stories of hysterectomy. Is there, both individually and culturally, significant ideas about femininity as strongly embedded in the uterus? Or is this more or less a cultural stereotype with no significance for todays individual selves and medical practices?
About the project
To remove the uterus is one of the most common operations in gynaecological departments. The knowledge on the individual effects of this operation is however very limited. So is also the knowledge on how hysterectomy in the medical institution (textbooks, surgical teqniques, patient information) are understood and culturally framed.
The project is framed by theoretical positions in which gender and illness are associated with processes of doing femininity and masculinity as well as positions arguing the significance of gendered bodily differences.
- Kari Nyheim Solbrække and Hilde Bondevik: Absent organs—Present selves: Exploring embodiment and gender identity in young Norwegian women’s accounts of hysterectomy Int J Qualitative Stud Health Well-being 2015, 10: 26720 -
- Kari Nyheim Solbrække and Geir Lorem: Breast-cancer-isation explored: Social experiences of gynaecological cancer in a Norwegian context. Sosiology of Health and Illness 2016
- University of Oslo
- Professor Berit Schei, St.Olavs hospital,
- Donna McCormack, Glasgow’s Medical Humanities Research Centre
Project start and finish
- 2012 - 2016