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.Many pregnant women eventually come to perceive themselves in one or another of these ways: I enjoyed it. ... It was a glorious day, and I just settled deep into the water and the sand, and let the waves lift me and float me around. ... Apparently pregnancy increases the force of the stereotype of the weak female, or at least combines it with the cultural tabu against women lifting and carrying heavy things.

Title:Birth as an American Rite of Passage
Author:Robbie E. Davis-Floyd
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2004-02-14


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