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    Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Hardback) By (author) Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, By (author) Carolyn Fishel Sargent


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    DescriptionThis collection of cross-cultural essays on reproduction and childbirth extends the work of Brigitte Jordan, who helped generate and define the field of the anthropology of birth. The authors' focus on authoritative knowledge - the knowledge that counts, on the basis of which decisions are made and actions taken - highlights the vast differences between birthing systems that give authority of knowing to women and their communities and those that invest it in experts and machines. The text presents first-hand ethnographic research conducted by anthropologists in 16 different societies and cultures and includes interdisciplinary perspectives of a social psychologist, a sociologist, an epidemiologist, a staff member of the World Health Organization, and a community midwife.

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    Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge
    Cross-Cultural Perspectives
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, By (author) Carolyn Fishel Sargent
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 505
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 857 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520206250
    ISBN 10: 0520206258

    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX, JHM
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000
    BIC subject category V2: MQDB
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    DC21: 618.4
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: JHBF
    LC classification: GT2460.C37
    Thema V1.0: JHBK, JHM, JBCC9, MQDB
    Illustrations note
    2 line drawings, 4 tables
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    27 August 1997
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    Author Information
    Robbie Davis-Floyd, Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas, is author of "Birth as an American Rite of Passage" (California, 1992) and co-editor of "Cyborg Babies: From Techno-Sex to Techno-Tots" (1997). Carolyn F. Sargent, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Women's Studies at Southern Methodist University, is author of "Maternity, Medicine, and Power: Reproductive Decisions in Urban Benin" (California, 1989) and coeditor of "Medical Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Method" (1996).