Birth as an American Rite of Passage: Second Edition, With a New Preface

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University of California Press, Mar 15, 2004 - Social Science - 424 pages
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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User Review  - AmeKole - LibraryThing

This is an excellent book that discussed childbirth in America. It should be a must read for all pregnant women. I really enjoyed this book, found it very readable for the non-professional, but also highly informative. It will change the way you think about childbirth forever. Read full review

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Davis-Floyd has written a brilliant feminist analysis of childbirth rites of passage in American culture. These rites, she argues, take away women's power over their bodies, naturally designed to ... Read full review


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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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