"I do something different and extraordinary": U.S. Abortion Providers and Positive Identity Work Public Deposited

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  • February 26, 2019
  • Baldiga, Amanda
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • This study aims to answer two questions: how does the codification of restrictive state legislation affect the work that U.S abortion workers do; and what are the mechanisms of positive identity work used by abortion workers. Occupational identity is a major component of self-identity, and this is especially true of individuals who do ‘dirty’ or stigmatized work. The experience of stigma as a result of being an abortion worker, and the transformation of stigma into positive self-identity, has been documented in several qualitative studies. But what mechanisms of identity work facilitate this positive transformation of stigma? I find that abortion workers valorize their work and construct it as a necessary and normal part of health care. I interpret these mechanisms of identity work as restorative, and situate my findings in states with restrictive abortion laws.
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  • Funding: Tom and Elizabeth Long Excellence Fund for Honors
  • Hastings, Anne
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • Highest Honors
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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