Chapter

How the Messages Are Received

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/9780520229327.003.0006
How the Messages Are Received

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This chapter presents the result of an in depth investigation into the responses of individual women to their socialization through birth rituals. The findings indicate that the single factor that most influences how a woman responds to her socialization process is the degree of correspondence between the technocratic model dominant in the hospital and the belief system she holds when she enters the hospital. This chapter explains that when the belief system is upheld the birth experience will be perceived as positive and joyful but when it is overthrown the experience will be perceived as negative and traumatic.

Keywords: birth rituals; socialization; women; technocratic model; belief system; hospital birth

Chapter.  26709 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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