Chapter

One Year

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

in Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520229327
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229327.003.0002
One Year

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This chapter discusses the pregnancy-birth continuum of experience as a year-long rite of passage for the mother. It explains that the phase during which the newly pregnant mother gradually separates herself from her former social identity has its beginnings in her very fluttering of conscious awareness of the possibility of pregnancy. The process of separation from her former structural identity can be considered complete only after the woman herself has fully accepted the pregnancy.

Keywords: pregnancy-birth continuum; rite of passage; mother; social identity; structural identity

Chapter.  8791 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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