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Others are enshrined in the mystique of hospital practice . These are linked with
social expectations and medical assumptions about what a patient is and how
she should behave , and with concepts of purity , pollution and contamination .
patient ' itself derives from ' passivity ' ; the patient is someone to whom
something is done . As I observed interaction in a labour ward in a British
maternity hospital I noticed that midwives were most satisfied with the
management of a case ...
exchanges may take place which serve to further define the woman ' s role as
patient . These at first sight may seem the stuff of normal conversation between
equals , but in fact entail forms of what Goffman calls ' presentational deference ' .
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
Mothercraft or Motherhood
The Motherhood Trap
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