Birth as an American Rite of Passage: Second Edition, With a New Preface

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University of California Press, 15 de mar. de 2004 - 424 páginas
Why do so many American women allow themselves to become enmeshed in the standardized routines of technocratic childbirth--routines that can be insensitive, unnecessary, and even unhealthy? Anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd first addressed these questions in the 1992 edition. Her new preface to this 2003 edition of a book that has been read, applauded, and loved by women all over the world, makes it clear that the issues surrounding childbirth remain as controversial as ever.
 

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This is an excellent book that discussed childbirth in America. It should be a must read for all pregnant women. I really enjoyed this book, found it very readable for the non-professional, but also highly informative. It will change the way you think about childbirth forever. Ler resenha completa

Birth as an American rite of passage

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Davis-Floyd has written a brilliant feminist analysis of childbirth rites of passage in American culture. These rites, she argues, take away women's power over their bodies, naturally designed to ... Ler resenha completa

Conteúdo

Birth as a Rite of Passage
1
The Stages of the PregnancyChildbirth Rite of Passage
22
Past and Present
44
3 Birth Messages
73
The Technocratic Wholistic and Natural Models
154
The Spectrum of Response
187
The Reinterpretation of the Childbirth Experience
241
7 Obstetric Training as a Rite of Passage
252
8 The Computerized Birth? Some Ritual and Political Implications for the Future
281
9 Or Birth as the Biodance?
292
Conclusion
305
Appendices
309
Notes
317
References
331
Index
369
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Robbie Davis-Floyd is Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin and is coeditor of Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (California, 1997).

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