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Marie Larsson has defended her thesis on contraceptive work and is now a doctor of sociology

Marie Larsson with a glass of bubbles.

On Tuesday 19 December, Marie Larsson successfully defended her thesis "The Work of Contracepting: Young people's experiences and practices with contraceptives in Sweden" and is now a doctor of sociology.

Petra Nordqvist and Marie Larsson discuss in fron of a big screen.
Petra Nordqvist from the University of Manchester presented the thesis.

Marie Larsson's thesis highlights the work that underpins young people's experiences and practices around contraceptive methods. Interviews with young people aged 18 to 29 show that the work of contracepting is something that the interviewees do not take lightly and that it is ongoing and never ends, a process where many small decisions are made one after the other. 

- Becoming informed takes a lot of work. Knowledge and emotions are intertwined, it is both rational and emotional, said Marie Larsson during the defence of her thesis on how decisions about contraception are made.

The bulk of the work is on those who can get pregnant and in Sweden there are currently 13 contraceptive methods for women and only two for men. For these people, who are expected to be responsible for the prevention of pregnancies in particular, friends are important but also partners. 

- This is fascinating work and a nice piece of sociology with rich data that was a pleasure to read, said external examiner Senior lecturer Petra Nordqvist, University of Manchester.

A unanimous examining committee approved the thesis.

Three people with champagne glasses.
Marie Larsson with her supervisors Carl-Göran Heidegren and Veronika Burcar Alm.

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