Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Birth as an American Rite of Passage

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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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  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • 15 Mar 2004
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 4 tables, 1 line drawing
  • 0520229320
  • 9780520229327
  • 366,302

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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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"[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"

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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 ""

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