Physis: Revista de Saúde Coletiva
versão impressa ISSN 0103-7331
NUNES, Silvia Alexim. Awaiting the future: teenage motherhood. Physis [online]. 2012, vol.22, n.1, pp. 53-75. ISSN 0103-7331. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-73312012000100004.
This paper is part of a research that aims to evaluate the place of motherhood in the constitution of subjectivity in a group of teenagers. It begins with the hypotheses that teenage pregnancy has become a political and social problem, inside a bio-politic targeting the production and reproduction of the social body. In this context, teenage pregnancy becomes a public health problem and the speeches about the subject tend to assume a homogenizing and stigmatizing tone, punctuating its negatives aspects. A research developed with teenagers from poor communities, between 16 and 18 years old, allows us to question these speeches. The research pointed out motherhood as a fundamental event in the constitution of these young women subjectivities. In fact, motherhood makes possible for them to built new ideals, and articulates a plan for the future.
Palavras-chave : teenage; pregnancy; bio-politics; forms of subjectivity.