De fertilidades y esterilidades: debates en torno a varones, decisiones repro...

De fertilidades y esterilidades: debates en torno a varones, decisiones repro...

Instituto de Ciencias

De fertilidades y esterilidades: debates en torno a varones, decisiones reproductivas y anticoncepción en el Uruguay contemporáneo: 2006-2013

This thesis analyses debates around the triad males/reproductive decisions/contraception which have taken place from 2006 to 2013 in Uruguay. In the reconstruction of meaning maps of such a triad, the thesis follows a path set by discussions about  vasectomy as an analyzer of masculinities.

Through a qualitative methodology, using a nonstructured design which articulates documentary sources, participant observation and indepth interviews, the study explores the Uruguayan scenario in relation to incorporating males in political agendas of reproductive health. It includes changes associated to the promulgation of Law 18.426 “Defence of sexual and reproductive health rights” in December 2008. As part of its implementation, integral sexual and reproductive health services were installed in health care institutions; this thesis deepens into such a process, approaching the ways in which practices and meanings of health professionals and male users are mobilized, in historically feminised grounds.

The field of reproduction and its control is explored analytically, giving especial attention to discourses produced by public policies, as well as premises used by them and under which health professionals operate. Findings account for representation on male participation in processes of fecundity regulation, meanings emerging around the vasectomy option, as well as for the sexed body regarding the male as a reproductive subject and the specificity of the masculine experience of sexuality.

The path followed by this thesis evidences the continuation of discourse and meaning fight in new social spaces, as part of implementing a new policy. It also visualises ways in which masculinity and feminity models are dynamically brought into play to think of “being male” in contemporary Uruguay.

 

 

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