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Pursuing parenthood: Discourses of persistence
Date:11/12/2007

e what kinds of trade-offs people might consider when they fail to conceive after using a particular ART or when they do not carry a child to term:

  • Scientific rationalism: We may turn the ordeal into a scientific formula, seeking to suppress all emotion and following the procedures recommended by an expert.
  • Self-management: We may take the opportunity to claim control over our own lives, proceeding with self-selected options chosen both through instinct and scientific probability.
  • Fatalism: We may take the attitude that our fate is in the hands of a higher power. Fatalism may help consumers rationalize abandoning persistence, but it may also lead to unexpected epiphanies and new bouts of effort.

Given the importance of parenthood in many consumers lives, we argue that when consumers begin their attempts to become parents, they may not even have to consider which dimensions of parenthood they would value over others, if creating their families proves easy for them, the authors explain. But when consumers encounter obstacles to becoming parents, they may have to make conscious and painful tradeoffs between cherished dimensions, sacrificing some in order to privilege others.

They continue: From a theoretical point of view, the paper reminds researchers studying goal striving that they need to be sensitized to the broader cultural ideas that can influence cognitive processes and behavioral patterns of persistence in any given context.


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