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Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Birth as an American Rite of Passage

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By (author) Robbie E. Davis-Floyd

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 31mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520229320
  • ISBN 13: 9780520229327
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 4 tables, 1 line drawing
  • Sales rank: 383,168

Product description

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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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).

Review quote

"[Davis-Floyd] is a respectful listener who has encouraged her subjects to speak honestly about a complex experience. Consequently, even skeptical readers of the fascinating stories she has gathered should be prompted to reflect on the meaning of their own or their partners' experience of birth. . . . I admire, without reservation, the generous, critical, passionate spirit that animates this book."--Sara Ruddick, "New York Times Book Review"

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"I can say without hesitation that in the 36 years I have been helping childbearing women, there is only a handful of books that have had a great cultural impact. This is one of them."--Roberta M. Scaer, Editor of "Genesis"