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? And why, in spite of the natural childbirth movement, has hospital birth become even more intensively technologized? Robbie Davis-Floyd argues that these obstetrical procedures are rituals that enact the core values of American society. Hospital birth, she says, is a rite of passage that reflects and transmits our cultural belief in the ...

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Birth as an American Rite of Passage
2004, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA

ISBN-13: 9780520229327

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Birth as an American Rite of Passage
1992, University of California Press, Berkerley

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1992, University of California Press, CA

ISBN-13: 9780520084315

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