—Or Birth as the Biodance?

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:
—Or Birth as the Biodance?

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This chapter investigates several aspects of individual and social resistance to the trends toward the technocratization of childbirth in the U.S. It considers other potential directions in American birthways, including the cultural significance of the systems-based wholistic model of birth. It expresses optimism about the expansion of the technocratic model into a systems-based paradigm that both emphasizes organic interconnectedness and makes practical use of models of mechanicity and separateness.

Keywords: childbirth; technocratization; U.S.; social resistance; wholistic model; cultural significance; mechanicity; separateness

Chapter.  5080 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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